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Literature: Finding Criticism

A Library Research Guide

Finding Criticism in Databases

Literary criticism analyzes, evaluates, and interprets literary works. It usually includes discussion of the work’s content and integrates ideas with other insights gained from research. Literary criticism can be positive, negative, or neutral and can be a study of an individual piece of literature or an author’s body of work. It can include, but is not just a plot summary, a biography of the author, or simply finding fault with the literature.

To find books and articles on your topic, try searching the title of the work and the theme or character you're researching

Hamlet and Ophelia
Hamlet and feminism


Finding Criticism in LION

In the database LION: Literature Online you can filter your search to criticism only before you search by clicking on Criticism on the left side of the page or selecting the check box next to Criticism under Document Type.

Homepage of LION: Literature Online database with arrows to Criticism on left and under Document Type

Or you can filter to criticism results only after you start searching in the left column of the search results page or click on View Criticism Results:

Search results page in LION: Literature Online with arrows to the View Criticism button and Criticism filter on left

Finding Criticism in Gale Literature

After you search in the Gale Literature database, you will see different types of resources listed across the top of the search results page, select Literature Criticism to see those results.

Literature Criticism resources in Gale Literautre

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