Literary Crit



+ scholarly, peer-reviewed articles

+ academic journals

+ subject (look for criticism or literary criticism)

Tip: To search for criticism on Virginia Woolf, for example, try this:

1 Type Virginia Woolf in the search box (or, type the name of the specific literary work)

2 Check off LITERATURE or LITERATURE CRITICISM in the left or right toolbar section under SUBJECT / CONTENT TYPES

Tip: When using any of these databases, keep in mind that your literary author would be considered the subject or topic of the article. The word author in these databases would refer to the person who wrote the article, rather than the literary author you are studying.

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quotes around a search term keeps terms together; search engine won't search for each term separately (ex. "great depression")


tilda's before search terms search for like terms (ex. ~great depression will search for 1930s, great depression, the great depression, depression, recession)

DON'T Forgets

Doing research at home? You will need to log into the database. Refer to the username and password here.

REMEMBER: You need to cite your sources in MLA. Here are the citation managers we have available.


When you find sources that will be valuable to your research question (and ultimately your thesis statement), you will begin to organize them in what's called an annotated bibliography. What is it? It is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents where each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 100 to 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation.

Your annotated bibliography must include the following three things for each source:

  • the citation (in MLA format)
  • a short summary of the source
  • your personal thoughts and insights from the source