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Critical Articles in Journals/Books
American Women Writers, REF PS147.A42 2000 – critical and biographical information on American women authors
American Writers, REF PS129.A55 – critical and biographical information on American authors
Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC), REF PN771.C59 - Each entry on a literary work gives citations of several critical essays along with excerpts from those essays. Using CLC, you can find a list of critical essays on your work and then read the excerpts to determine if the essay is what you really need. It covers works by authors that either are still living or died since 1960, and covers all types of literature. It is a good place to look for articles on newer works.
Critical Survey Series: Organized by author, each entry in these series consists of a list of the author’s principal works, a biography, critical analysis of the major works, and a bibliography of biographical and critical books about the author.
Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry, REF PS303.G74 2006 – critical, biographical and other information on poetry
IPL Literary Criticism Collection: Links to critical and biographical Web sites covering British and American literary works since 1500
Critical Companions to Popular Contemporary Writers: Analysis of current popular fiction. Part of ABC-Clio Collection
Literature Resource Center: Full text of Contemporary Literary Criticism, Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography, other literature reference works and many literature journals
Magill’s Literary Annual, REF PN44.M332 – each year’s volume has short critical evaluations of literature published that year. Good place to look for criticism of recent literature.
Masterplots, REF PN44.M33 1996 – plot summaries and critical evaluations of literature
MLA: Index to journals and books concerning literature, criticism, and languages, with full text of some journals.
Bibliographies of Literary Criticism: There are many bibliographies of literary criticism in the library. Some focus on a certain type of literature, such as plays, and some focus on literature from a certain country or time period. These list essays in books, articles in journals, and complete books. Entries in these bibliographies are generally arranged by author, so that you can look up the author and get a list of critical essays or books about his or her works. The best of these bibliographies are kept on the “criticism table” in the reference room, and there are others on the shelves. There are also critical bibliographies devoted to single authors; if you are studying a major author, do a subject search in the online catalog for the author’s name and the word “bibliography”.
Pfeiffer's Catalog (no password needed). Books and e-books in both libraries. If the author and the work you are researching are well-known, there may be books of critical essays on the author or the work. The best way to look is to search for the author or work name and the word “criticism”. For example, if you search for “Ibsen and criticism” you will get a list of 10 books containing critical essays about Ibsen. You can then look at those books to see if there are essays about the particular work you are looking for.
WorldCat: A database of books in libraries everywhere. You can request books we don't own via interlibrary loan.
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