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Literary Criticism

Learn how to find critical scholarship related to a literary work, author, or literary movement using Pierce's print and electronic resources.

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Researching a Literary Criticism Topic

Photograph of Oscar Wilde

This guide will help you locate books, articles, and other sources that can help with your literary criticism research. 

There are several types of sources you will want to look for in researching your literary criticism topics:

  1. Reference books: live in the reference section of the library; this area includes many of the Gale literary criticism books (like Contemporary Literary Criticism or Short Story Criticism).
  2. Print books: these resources live in the library (whether in the stacks, the reference area, or at the reserve desk) and some may be checked out for as long as 28 days.

  3. Ebooks: many reference books, nonfiction books, and fiction books can be found in electronic format.

  4. Articles: come from periodicals (newspapers, magazines and scholarly journals). The library owns some periodicals in print and gives you access to many more via our online databases.

  5. Suggested websites: credible websites for literature research..

  6. Films and videos: links to films on literature topics.



Portrait of Oscar Wilde. Napoleon Sarony [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.