Reference books -- mainly scholarly encyclopedias and subject-specific dictionaries. It helps to start with a good general background knowledge of your topic. Literature subject encyclopedias are a good place to start to narrow down your topic.
What is Literary Criticism?
Literary criticism is an analysis of a literary work. This is different from an overview, which describes aspects of a work (such as plot, characters, and theme) instead of analyzing the item. Literary criticism might include the following:
Where Can You Find Literary Criticism?
A small collection of ebooks intended for leisure reading, including a variety of current fiction and nonfiction books.
Internet Archive: Texts
This collection is free and open for everyone to use.
Access more than 13,000 electronic books from the oldest producer of free electronic books on the Internet.
View the entirety of public domain books or, for books under copyright, just a few pages or in some cases, only the title’s bibliographic data and brief snippets.
Gale Virtual Reference Library*
Online access to many full text Gale reference books as well as works from other publishers.
* These are Blinn College Library subscription databases. You will need your Blinn College ID and password to access these databases from off-campus. Links to these books are also found in the online catalog.
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