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English

Criticism and resources for all types of English literature and periods such as Shakespeare.

Finding Sources in English

There are different ways to search for sources at the library. You can start with a General Search to search our catalog.


Advanced Search Use this to search our catalog. It includes books held in the library, full-text articles from selected databases, audio CDs, DVDs, streaming videos, and more.

If you're looking for scholarly journal articles, consider using one of our specialized databases below for better results.


Search Tips

To find strong search terms related to your specific topic, try the following:

Can't find full text?

Click the Find It! button by the article to get it elsewhere, or to order it.

Using Journal Databases

Journal databases are specialized tools for finding scholarly articles in academic journals, with advanced options for targeting your search on a specific topic.

If they seem a little intimidating, remember that the librarians are happy to show you how to use them to find the best sources as fast as possible.


Find scholarly and popular articles about general literature topics or individual authors and works. In advanced search, you can change the Document Type to what you need, including Literary Criticism, Book Review, Poetry Review, and more.

MLA (Modern Language Association) is the database for literature and folklore research.
Search here for scholarly criticism and discussion of all genres of literature, including authors, their works, and important themes.
For best results, pay close attention to the captions where you enter your search terms.

MLA is not full text, so use the Find It! button to see if we have the full text elsewhere.