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Literary Criticism

A guide to print and electronic resources available at CCA Libraries.

literary constellations

Data visualization of "The Time Machine," by H.G. Wells, from "Literary Constellations," by Nicholas Rougeux.

Literary Criticism Research Guide

Welcome to the CCA Libraries guide to literary criticism research. This site helps students and faculty find the resources they need for their academic and creative practices, including links to subscription databases and other research tools. How do you find the best books and articles? Find examples of how to cite sources in your work? It's all here. If you have any research questions, ask one of CCA's librarians — we're here to help.

Research Databases for Literary Criticism 

These resources are our best bets for literary criticism research. They represent just a few of the databases subscribed to by the CCA Libraries for students, faculty, and staff. Check out our complete list of online resources, or just start your research from the Libraries' website and use the filters to narrow your results.

Online Encyclopedias...

Begin your research by seeking background information about your topic using reference sources (enyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks). Some reference sources are available in print in the CCA Libraries. Other reference resources are available electronically. 

Reference sources are helpful. They . . .

  • offer introductory information
  • define key terms
  • help you focus your research topic

Find articles from journals and magazines

Books and Videos 

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Recommended Websites

The following websites offer additional information and resources on writing and literary criticism.