Answered By: Sarah Morehouse
Last Updated: Aug 08, 2016     Views: 37

You may come across assignments where you need to find literary criticism of a certain written work or author or information on a particular author. Here are some steps on the best way to find this information in the online library.

  1. Go to the library homepage at and click on Subject Guides to expand the menu, then click on Language & Literature.
  2. Now you are in the Language & Literature Subject Guide, select the database called Literature Resources.
  3. Now you are in Literature Resources in that database's Basic Search screen. You can select to search for an author by clicking next to “Person – By or About.”  You can type the author’s name there and click Search.  If you are searching for a particular written work, click on “Name of Work” and do your search.

    Below the search area you will see options to limit your search such as, limit to peer-reviewed publications, the ability to limit by date and you can even limit the type of content you search for.
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    image of literature resources from gale basic search area
  4. When you click search, you will get a list of search results.  Literature Resources organizes your search results nicely by providing tabs for each type of content.  The first tab is for literary criticism.  The next tab is for biographical information, and so on.

    You can also limit your search results on this page if you choose to.  You can simply check the box to limit to peer-reviewed publications.
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