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Last Updated: Aug 29, 2018     Views: 20

You can find literary criticism on poetry, short stories, novels, and other types of literature in the following databases, especially the first two: 

NOTE: If you are looking for a poem instead of literary criticism, please see this FAQ.   

You can also find literary criticism books (in print) through the Library Catalog


  • To find a criticism on a particular work of literature, search for the title of the work and/or the name of the author.  For example, "The Raven" or "Amy Lowell".  (Note: Look in the abstracts of results for words like "criticism", "analysis", "essay", or "discussion" to be sure that you have retrieved criticism about the poem and not the text of the poem itself.) 
  • The Literature Resource Center  divides up search results by content types, and the first one is Literature Criticism (see screenshot).

  • You can also try a search using the term "literary criticism" and the title of the poem or name of the author.  For example, "literary criticism" AND "Amy Lowell".  


Please see the videos below for more information: 

1. How to find the library's databases 

2. How to search the library catalog for books & DVDs


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