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Types of articles in literature databases
1) Literary Databases can offer a variety of articles on various works, genres or authors. Generally, 'peer reviewed' sources offer more in depth analysis. Peer reviewed sources can also offer book reviews that isn't as detailed.
2) Its generally easier to find literary criticism on a work the older it if its written by an author who's famous for writing another work. If you can't fnd any analysis about the work try researching the genre
3) some keywords to search along with the title and author
"coming of age"
Databases for Literary Criticism
Literature Resource Center is an extensive database which includes:
- Full-text scholarly articles from more than 360 academic journals and literary magazines
Reviews of books of all sorts, from children's literature to adult fiction, from popular non-fiction to scholarly studies
Biographical essays on more than 130,000 authors
Full text of thousands of poems and short stories published in contemporary journals and magazines
Overview essays on thousands of books and literary topics
Links to quality research oriented websites on authors and their works including pictures and audio interviews
is the premier literary database, combining MagillOnLiterature and MagillOnAuthors. This database includes all the literary works, reviewed critical analyses and brief plot summaries that are included in MagillOnLiterature, as well as all the biographies and author essays included in MagillOnAuthors.
MLA International Bibliography
Access to the Modern Language Association's index of critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics and folklore.
Provides image and full-text online access to back issues of selected scholarly journals in economics, literature, history, political science, demography, mathematics and other fields of the humanities and social sciences. Consult the online tables of contents for holdings, as coverage varies for each title.
EBSCO. Includes feature articles, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction, book reviews, and reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas, plays, and much more. Indexing and abstracts, and access to over 1400 full text journals. Coverage dating back to 1900.
Basic Tips for Finding Literary Criticism
Literature Resource Center opens on the BASIC search which allows you to limit your search by:
- Person (by or about)
- Name of the work (poem, play, novel, film, etc.)
- Keyword (searches significant fields such as title, introductory text, and author)
- All text (searches entire text of all documents)