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LIT 2390: Survey of American Literature

Literary Criticism

Use these library databases to find literary criticism on your chosen text to incorporate into your critical essay.

Literary Databases

Tips for Finding Literary Criticism in Databases (Journal Articles)

Searching Literary Reference Center

Search your author's name, or the title of one of their works, then limit results to Literary Criticism source type. 

Searching MLA International Bibliography / JSTOR / Google Scholar

These databases don't provide the option to limit Source Type specifically to Literary Criticism.  Instead, search the title of your work with phrases like "criticism", "literary criticism", "analysis", "literary analysis", etc.

Tips for Finding Literary Criticism in Books

Search CU Books for the title of your work, then add the keyword criticism or critical. You'll see relevant results:


To find more literary criticism, try searching your author's name as a SUBJECT. Look for subject headings that mention criticism and interpretation