Honors English 10

Finding Criticism on your Novel/Poem/Short Story

Citation Help MLA 8

Sources for Literary Criticism

  1. Novels/Short Stories/Poetry for Students - Excellent resource for criticism, themes, style, historical context, & more. Use the appropriate index to locate the volume you need. Photocopies are FREE. Novels | Poetry| Short Stories
  2. GALE Literary Sources - Searchable online database. FILTER for Name of work and Criticism (Filters are located along the right).
  3. Library Catalog - Search for the author and/or title of novel/short story/poem separately. Results like this will often have critical essays. These are all located in the 800s, so search for shelf locations in the 800s.

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Finding SHORT STORIES that Match Thematically with Your Choice Novel

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Open the Graphic Organizer document (Research Paper Sources Chart-2018 ) you started when you were searching for poems that connected thematically with your novel.

Look up your novel again in the Thematic Index.

Make a list of SHORT STORY titles that share the theme you're exploring in your novel/poems.

Look up the SHORT STORIES in the Short Stories for Students Index (print set) to find the volume each story is discussed in.

In Short Stories for Students, read the summary of the short story to see if you think it would be a good match. If so, move on to Step 4. If not, select a different short story to look up the summary for.

Track down the full text of the Short Story.

Tips

  • Google Search
    • Tip: Add "filetype:PDF" to your search
    • Tip: Add "full text" to your search
  • Google Books
    • Search title and author
  • Anthologies

Find Short Stories

  • Google Search
    • Tip: Add "filetype:PDF" to your search
    • Tip: Add "full text" to your search
  • Google Books
    • Search title and author
  • Anthologies

Finding Poems that Match Thematically with Your Choice Novel

Video Lesson Review If Absent

Start by looking up your novel in the Thematic Index.

Begin your Graphic Organizer for this project to track ideas and research. Make a short list of themes from your novel that you feel like you could write well about.


Using the Thematic Index, make a list of poems that match the themes on your list from Step #1.





Look up the poems in Poetry for Students Index (print set) and the Gale Literary Sources Database.

Start RE-searching. Look up the poems, read them and see if the thematic connections are strong or weak. Check the criticism for the poem and see if it could be used to connect the poem and your novel.


Narrow your list to include poems that match thematically with your novel. Give bonus points to poems that have criticism you can use when comparing the novel and poem in your essay.

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