Finding Literature Criticisms

Print Materials

Ask your librarian or search the catalog here.

Electronic Literature Criticism Databases

To find electronic literature criticisms, access the databases listed below.

To access databases at home, log in to Mackin Via with your ID number and 8 digit birthday.


  1. Go to the Gale database.
  2. Click "Literature Resource Center"
  3. Uncheck all boxes except "Literature Criticism"
  4. Type in your search terms (author, title of piece of literature)
  5. Click "search".

Gale Virtual Reference Library

  1. Go the the Gale Virtual Reference Library.
  2. Choose "Literature" under subject.
  3. Scroll all the way down to "Novels for Students".
  4. Search within the series by title of work or author.


  1. Go to the Ebsco database.
  2. Click "Student Research Center"
  3. Click "Advanced Search"
  4. Type in the title in quotes and choose "all text" the right in the drop down.
  5. Type in "literary criticism" and choose "subject" to the right in the drop down.
  6. For best results, click "full text" and "peer reviewed" in all of the database specs.
  7. Click "search".


  1. Go to the ProQuest database.
  2. Click "Literature" (picture of the open books)
  3. Click "Advanced Search" (above search bar)
  4. Type in the title in quotes. Keep "all fields + text" in dropdown to the right.
  5. Type "literary criticism" in the second field. Choose "Subject heading (all)" in the dropdown menu next to it.
  6. For best results click "full text" and "peer reviewed" under the search bar.
  7. Click "scholarly journals" under source type.
  8. Click "search".

If you still can't find one, try Google Scholar

  1. Go to Google Scholar
  2. Type in the title of your piece of literature in quotation marks, the name of the author in quotation marks, and literary criticism in quotation marks
  3. Click enter on your keyboard.

*If you get too many results, you can try doing an advanced search (down arrow in the search bar).

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