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ENC 1102 - Freeman (Plant City): Critical Analysis Essay

Course LibGuide for students in Dr. Freeman's ENC 1102 course

Assignment Instructions

Plant City Library Search

Find Books, Articles, Media, & more:

Social Themes in Literature (books)

To find more books about "social themes" in literature, open the HCC Libraries Online Catalog and use the following keyword search terms:

Themes AND literature

Issues AND literature


There is a wonderful series of books on several types of social issues and themes in literature.  Type "social issues in literature" in the keyword search term box. 


Resources for the Critical Analysis Essay

Articles from Databases

By using these online databases, you will find literary criticism about some of the short stories and plays you are studying in your class. Click on the title of the database below and enter your Student ID Number and your PIN (last four digits of your Student ID Number) to access each of the databases.  Or, if you are logged into your course through Canvas, click on HCC Libraries Online in the left column, open Launch Hillsborough Community College and you will be logged into HCC Libraries Online. 

Tips on using the Databases for the Critical Analysis Essay

Bloom's Literature


Type "Story of an Hour" in the search box.  When the results populate, click on Criticism.

Gale Literary Sources


Enter "Story of an Hour", change "Basic Search" to "Name of Work". Enter Chopin in "Person-By or About" box. Under More Options, check Full Text. Click search.

Literary Reference Center Plus

Search for magazine, journal and book articles about authors and their works.  Some information will overlap with that in the Gale Literary Sources.


Enter "Story of an Hour" (you must include the quotations around the name of the story in this database) in the first box. Enter Chopin in the second box. Click on Full Text. Under Document Type, check Literary Criticism.  Click Search.

Literature Criticism Online

The online version of several sets of printed books found in the library. These sets include literary criticism, biographical information, and more. The essays are collected together in very large chapters about each author and/or piece of literature.


"Story of an Hour" in the search term box. Change pull down to Name of Work.  Under More Options, check mark Full Text.  If you are looking for literary criticisms, check mark Literature Criticisms under Content Type.  Click on Search

Biography in Context

 Allows you to search for biographical information, critical essays, audio clips and video images about an author.


Type Kate Chopin in the Search by Name box. Click on Search. Click on the correct name from the list that appears.  If your author is the only person with this name, you will immediately be directed to the page with all articles about them. Click on the article you wish to view.