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

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

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Social Themes in Literature (books)

Social Themes in Literature

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.  Enter "social issues in literature" in the keyword search term box above. 

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. 

Literary Criticism Database Tips

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 box at the top header. Choose the hourglass to begin the search process.

Screenshot of Biography (Gale) database with Kate Chopin typed as the keyword search term

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. Many different types of content can be found in this database.  One good option is Biographies in the On This Page section.

Screenshot of search result page showing the types of content


Bloom's Literature


Type "Story of an Hour" in the search box.  When the results populate, choose Criticism from the top header.

Screenshot of the types of content in the search results.

Gale Literature


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.

Screenshot of the Advanced search page with Story of an hour as basic search and Chopin as Person by or about

Literary Reference Center Plus

Search for magazine, journal and book articles about authors and their works.  


Type "Story of an Hour" in the first box. Type Chopin in the second box. Change the pull down menu option to All Text.

Screenshot of the Advanced Search page with Story of an hour AND Chopin as the search terms.


Under Limit your Results, check mark Full Text. Under Document Type, choose Literary Criticism. Choose Search.

Screenshot of the Limit your results section checking full text and choosing Literary Criticism under Document Type