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Literary Criticism: Home

A guide to finding criticism for English and American Literature


Charlotte Bronte

Charlotte Bronte 

This Maxguide includes some basic information on how to find criticism on authors, specific works, and literary movements. 

If you have a specific research question, please ask me for help in designing a search strategy.

Criticism About an Author

Although Maxwell Library owns a number of general books on literary criticism, perhaps the best way to search for criticism on a particular author is to use the Subject search section of Webster, the online library catalog (see Finding Books), using the author's name, last name first, as a subject.  Subject headings are often subdivided; look for the heading Criticism and Interpretation.  Depending on the author, sometimes subject headings include individual titles, such as James, Henry - Daisy Miller.  Books are located on the third floor of the library by call letter.

If available, bibliographies of criticism of specific authors are also helpful.  Find these through the Webster catalog by using the Subject search.  Type the author's name and look for the subheading Bibliography, for example:  Faulkner, William - Bibliography.

Critical information  on an author can also be found in journal articles.  See Finding Articles in Periodicals.

Guide Editor

Marcia Dinneen
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