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Literary Criticism & Analysis

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Research Tips in Literature

Tip #1

  • Start your research in reference books, or in the database Literary Reference Center / Literary Reference Center Plus. These are excellent resources to read a short biography of your author, plot summaries of their major works, and even a bibliography list of all their works. 

Tip #2

  • If looking for literary criticism, search Literary Reference Center and limit Source Type to Literary Criticism. You can also search other literary databases as well as books.