The resources found on this page will assist ENC1102 students when your assignment asks for you to provide documentation from literary criticisms or literary analysis. Some of these resources are found in printed books located at the HCC libraries and others are electronic books accessed through the HCC library databases. If you need assistance with accessing any of these materials, please contact your librarian.
The books listed above are just a sample of the type of literature criticism sources available in the HCC Plant City library. To search the library for more literary criticisms, please see the next box labeled "Suggested Search Terms to Use".
The PDF files below provide helpful search strategies when using the literature databases. If you have any questions or need further assistance, do not hesitate to contact your librarian.
The following video introduces you to how to use library online systems to find and access literature resources for your literary assignments.
NOTE: If you see the stoplight in the box below, choose the Play button and enter:
The following search terms will assist you in locating literary criticisms located at the HCC libraries using the HCC Library Online Catalog.
If you need to find general literary criticism, start with a basic search term. Use quotation marks around a multiple word term for the results to include that exact term.
Harold Bloom can be used as an Author keyword search term.
Type in an author or story title name, use the next search term box in the Advanced Search screen and type criticism to find literary criticism on a specific author or story title.
The following example is for a specific story title or character name. This is effective search term usage that will bring up solid results quickly.
AND "Short Story Criticism"
This is a great database to browse. At the Home Page, under Most Studied Authors, choose the View All option. The authors covered in this database will be shown and listed here in alphabetical order. Look for your author, such as O'Connor, and choose the author's name. Open the result Header called Literary Works and look for your story title.
Flannery O'Connor can be found through keyword search term entry. Type "O'Connor, Flannery" in the search bar near the top header of the web page.
This database is a collection of eBooks on a variety of topics. The best way to use this database is to type in your keyword search term(s) and under More Options > to Collection > Literature. See picture below for a sample:
JSTOR is an article database that is also very good to use for literature research. Here are two simple tips when JSTOR.
1. Use the Advanced Search option
2. After the results populate, narrow results by using the Subject filter. Choose Language and Literature.
When using this database, sometimes searching for the story title as the keyword search term develops the best results. Remember, DO NOT use reviews as a source for literary criticisms. Use Plot Summaries, Overviews, Literary Criticisms types of sources.
This databases hosts the eBooks listed in the Literary Books in Databases box on this page. You can search a specific book by choosing it from the Product/Series Pull Down Menu.
Short Story Criticism Online and 20th Century Literary Criticism are a good options.
If using the Salem Online database, to use the Literature section, on the Salem Press home page, open the Literature Section by choosing the word Literature in the Header row.
Look under Critical Insights for O'Connor, Flannery. Search by short story title or character name in the Enter Keyword Search box.
Published by Oxford University Press, Very Short Introductions introduce students to a topic, concept or in literature, authors and literary themes, genres and styles. The text is written in short, clear and concise terminology for easy understanding. The online database version also provides greater access. Titles are available in Print as well.