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How to Locate Literary Criticism

Suggested Tools to Identify Secondary Sources in Literature

Austin - The Library Catalog of materials available here. Available at Use the subject search to search for critical and biographical information about an author. For example, search for:
William Faulkner criticism 
Robert Frost biography

JSTOR - Electronic database available at Full-text access to back issues of selected academic journals. Select the specific journals or discipline you wish to search, then search your topic by keyword, author or title.

Literature Resource Center - Electronic database available at  Full-text literary  criticism, biographical information and guides to works.  Search by author, work, and more.

Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC) - Electronic database available at Full-text essays, articles, and book excerpts for selected contemporary authors and their works. Also includes brief biographical articles. Search by author - Lastname Firstname (e.g. O'Connor Flannery) or by title - short story (e.g. Revelation).

MLA Bibliography - Comprehensive electronic literature database for advanced research; available at Contains citations only, no full-text at all. The APSU Library does not have many of the articles and books listed in MLA. You can get materials that we don't own by using the Library's interlibrary loan service, but you must plan ahead because interlibrary loan can take up to 2 weeks.

Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB) and DLB Yearbooks - - Electronic database available at ; also, in Print volumes in the Library's Reference Collection on Level 2 (REF PN 42 .D5 and REF PN 42 .D52). Contain lengthy articles about most authors from all times and all countries. Lists the author's works and includes a bibliography. Use the last volume on the shelf-it has a cumulative index for the entire set.

Contemporary Authors (CA) and Contemporary Authors New Revision Series (CANR) - Print volumes in the Library's Reference Collection on Level 2 (REF Z 1224 .C6 and REF Z 1224 .C58). Contain brief articles about contemporary authors. Lists author's works and includes bibliography. Use the separate index (paperback blue volume).

Internet Public Library Online Literary Criticism Collection - Online source available at Contains links to critical and biographical websites focusing primarily (but not exclusively) on British and American authors and their works. Can be searched by author, title, or literary period.


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