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.
Gale Literature Sources is now called Gale Literature.
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.
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: