Pew Learning Center & Ellison Library

Library Research for Literary Criticism

Books, Books, and more Books!

  • Use our catalog to find books, videos, CDs, etc.            
  • Use WorldCat to find and request books from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan.  If you are overwhelmed by the amount of content in WorldCat, try looking up a book that has already been helpful to you. Then search by some of the same subject terms.  Or look for the section of the record that says 'More Like This' and click the 'Advanced Options' link.  What you see there should help you find similar materials.                                                              

Find Articles

Finding an article can involve three steps.

 1. Use Articles & Databases to find articles or citations. If the citation includes the full-text or image, you can get the article right away. If not, go to Step 2.

 2. Use Journal Finder to see if we have the journal you want. Note: this is the step to go to if you *already have a citation* in hand. If we do, get your article from the source. If not, go to Step 3.

 3. Use Interlibrary Loan to request the article from another library. Please allow time.

Selected Databases (Literature/Humanities) 

Follow these links to see other Literature and Humanities oriented databases.

Online Reference Sources:

  •  Literature Resource Center - provides access to biographies, bibliographies and critical analysis of authors from every age and literary discipline and covers more than 90,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists and other writers, with in-depth coverage of 2,000 of the most-studied authors.
  •  Literary Reference Center - contains information from over 1,000 books and monographs, major literary encyclopedias and reference works, and hundreds of literary journals. Includes detailed information on the most studied authors and their works. Note: not all of the sources include the full text.
  •  Literature Online - includes more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, plus biographies, bibliographies and key criticism and reference resources. This source is not as good for criticism as some of the others.

Other Biographical Sources :

Internet Sources:


  Suggestions for Citation Management:

   Zotero – this is an excellent citation management tool that functions through Firefox.  Note that you will need to sign up for an account if you intend to use this on public/multiple computers.  Pay careful attention to which vresion is best for you to download.  This tool integrates into Word or OpenOffice documents, via a plugin available here.


  • Painless Library Research includes additional information on documentation and plagiarism.                                                  
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