General Studies - Literature
Criticism and Analysis
Online Databases
The “one-stop shop” for criticism and analysis of nearly any author and/or work of literature, is the Gale Literature Resource from Gale. To access it, follow these steps:
  1. Log into "Search Databases" on the Library’s home page. The username and password are available from the library staff or your instructor.
  2. In the Database Directory, click on the first icon, Library and Information Resources Network L.I.R.N.(Library & Information Resources Network) shown below
  3. Click on “Connect to InfoTrac.”
  4. From the list of databases, select Literature Resource Center from Gale. This database provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline.
Here are some quick-reference handbooks for basic information on authors, works of literature, or literary form and terms.
  • Benet’s Reader’s Encyclopedia
    REF 803 BEN
  • Oxford Companion to American Literature
    REF 810.8 H3250
  • Oxford Companion to African American Literature
    REF 810.8 OXF
  • Oxford Companion to English Literature
    REF 820 D756o
  • A Handbook to Literature
    REF 803 H747h
  • The Making of a poem: a Norton anthology of poetic forms
    821.008 MAKING
  • American Women Writers
    (4 vol.) REF 810.99287 AME
Collections of Literary Works
  • The American Tradition in Literature  810.8 B811a
  • The Norton Anthology of African American Literature 810.8 NORTON
  • The Norton Anthology of English Literature  REF 820.8 A161
  • Complete Short Stories of Edgar Allen Poe
  • Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald

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