Literary criticism is the evaluation, analysis, description, or interpretation of literary works. It is usually in the form of an essay and involves an in-depth analysis of an author’s work. Finding reliable sources to help you write your own literary criticism can be challenging. There are lots of websites and books to give you background information on an author or a body of work but finding authoritative examples of critical study of an author’s work can be much more difficult. This guide is designed to help with researching and writing literary criticism. In this LibGuide, you will find information on how to locate print and digital resources, vocabulary and search terms, tutorials and examples of literary criticism and tips how to write about it.
Before you begin your assignment, define your task. Exactly what are you trying to do? What are the requirements of the assignment?What information do you need?
Think of all the places that you can find the information you need. Should you ask a librarian, look on the Internet, use a subscription database, search on social media, or look for a book? Think of all the possible places you can find the information and choose the best sources.