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Finding Literary Criticism: Articles

Introduction to library resources for finding literary criticism.

What is Literary Criticism?

Literary criticism is the evaluation, analysis, description, or interpretation of literary works. It is usually in the form of a critical essay, but in-depth book reviews can sometimes be considered literary criticism.

Criticism may examine:

  • a particular literary work
  • an author's writings as a whole

Definition from IPL Lit Criticism Pathfinder

Writing About Literature

Recommended Research Databases

Research databases contain a variety of sources such as plot summaries, short stories, book reviews, and journal articles. Follow the tips on the cheat sheet below to narrow your search to literary criticism in peer-reviewed journal articles.

Find Literary Criticism with OneSearch


Find literary criticism published in peer-reviewed journals in multiple databases.

Search Tips for OneSearch

  • Put the title of the work in quotes and the author's last name, for example, "Doll's House" Ibsen
  • If you can't find criticism about a specific work, put the author's name in quotes along with the word criticism, e.g. "Luisa Valenzuela" criticism

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