Resources to Use in Your Research
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.
Books -- for broad coverage of a subject at a moderate to deep level. You will use a chapter or just pages, not the whole book.
Articles from periodicals (scholarly journals) -- to hone in on the specifics, or bring knowledge from books up-to-date.
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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:
- A defense of the work
- An analysis of its structure or style
- An interpretation of its meaning
- A prediction of its effects on readers
- And more
Where Can You Find Literary Criticism?
- Books: Including reference books
- Periodicals: Especially literary journals (a type of scholarly journal containing more critical essays on literary works than other periodicals)
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