Literature Research

Try this customized search engine of various critical review sites!

Books in our library

Please refer to the Critical Reviews and Essays resource list in Destiny for a list of applicable books.

Power Library

To access from school: click on the link on the Internet Explorer link bar. To access from home, go to, click on POWERLibrary and enter library card number.

netLibrary - This database has thousands of complete books available online. To search for literary criticism, try doing a Title search using the author's name in the search field.
Contemporary Authors - This database has extensive information on authors' biography, writings, reviews and further readings.
Biography Reference Bank - Provides very thorough biographies, as well as articles and books pertaining to the person including criticism. Some provide the full text of the articles, while the others give information on what databases can be used to obtain the article.
Dartclix - Thousands of professionally selected and cataloged, high-quality websites. Try adding the author's name to the search field and you may get some worthwhile links to criticism and reviews.


Student Resource Center
(from home, access code is needed! HINT: look at end of URL)
1. Click on Advanced Search
2. Put in keywords for search (ie: "King Lear")
3. Limit results by: Critical Essay


Google Books: Select "Literary Criticism" on the left panel and then add search terms. (note: try Advanced Search to limit "Full View Only" and/or publication date)
Google Scholar - a straightforward search for scholarly articles
The Internet Public Library: Literary Criticism - critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period.
LitLinks - Click on a genre and then an author to get an annotated list of links on an author and their work.
Literary History - "a selective index to free scholarly and critical articles on the internet, covering the major English and American authors in 19th and 20th century." Be sure to evaluate the sites before using them!
42explore Literary Criticism - includes links to sites that explain literary criticism as well as resources for accessing criticism.
New York Times Book Review
Guide to Literary and Critical Theory - provided from Purdue University
Shakespeare Criticism
The Cambridge History of English and American Literature - The Library Spot. Links to literary resources.