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Literature Subject Guide

This guide supports ENG literature courses. You can find links to excellent resources here.


The purpose of this guide is to help you with research for your Literature courses. If you have any questions about the resources found in this guide, please don't hesitate to contact me or any of the reference librarians.  We're always happy to help!

What is literary criticism?

Literary criticism is the evaluation, analysis, description, or interpretation of works of literature. (Definition adapted from The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory 3rd ed. by J.A. Cuddon) 

Criticism may examine a particular literary work or may look at an author's overall body of work.

How do I find it?

You can use books, Reference materials, e-books, and online databases to locate literary criticism.  Click on the tabs above to learn more about the resources available to you.

Credo Reference- Online Encyclopedias

Credo Reference features more than 600 online reference books.  You'll find helpful topic pages, articles from encyclopedias in many disciplines, and links to articles in other library databases.