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ENC 1102 - Freeman (Plant City): Literature Criticism

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

Literature Criticism

Literature Criticism

When you need to find out what experts think about a literature work, you will look for literature (or literary) criticism.  Criticism can be found as books, articles in journals, articles in books, and more.  In the boxes below you will find instructions for locating criticism in these sources. 

Tip Sheets


Gale Literature Sources is now called Gale Literature.

Databases -- Available Online

Available Databases

When looking in journal or magazine articles for literature criticism - it is best to start in a Database.  The library subscribes to several databases that will be helpful to find Literature Criticism sources that your instructor approves.

Please see Logging Into HCC Libraries Online for information on how to access the databases below. 

If you have trouble logging into the databases, please contact the library for assistance.


Locating Literary Criticism Books in the Library

To locate books in the library search the HCC Libraries Online Catalog.  The catalog will find books that are available in the library, as well as books that are available electronically.

When searching the catalog, it is generally a good idea to begin searching with broad terms.  If I were looking for information about Shakespeare's Hamlet -- I would start my search with just those two words.  If you get too many results, the search can be narrowed by adding additional search words or by searching by Title or Author rather than Keyword.

Below are some general books on criticism to begin with.  Search Tips:  Use the following search terms on the Advanced Search page:

Twentieth Century Literary Criticism AND Kate Chopin

Twentieth Century Literary Criticism AND Susan Glaspell

Twentieth Century Literary Criticism AND Lorraine Hansberry

Contemporary Literary Criticism AND Lorraine Hansberry