Research Guides by Subject


Literature Resources


Print Resources

Accessible through the College of the Canyons Web site, the online catalog will indicate what we own and where it is located in the collection. To find resources on literature or literary criticism you may want to start by opening the online catalog and selecting the subject search option. After you type in "Literary criticism” as a subject you will see a link to "Criticism". You will have the option of browsing a listing of many titles as well as links to related subject matter , such as "Deconstruction" and "Poetry -- History and criticism". If you want to find criticism on a particular author you might try a search like this:

Subject: Hemingway, Ernest and then select Criticism and interpretation.

The online catalog will provide you with the following information: the call number of the material, the type of material (i.e. book, video recording, DVD, pamphlet), any special location for the item (reserve room, media reserves, reference, etc.) and will tell you whether or not the item is available.

Selected Print Resources:

Concordance to Shakespeare Ref PR 2892 B34 1967

Oxford English Dictionary Ref PE 1625 N53


Electronic Resources

Subscription Databases in the Library

ProQuest Direct is a database consisting of citations, abstracts and, in many cases, full-text articles from over ten thousand publications including magazines, journals and newspapers. It is available on all Web-accessible college computers and may be accessed from your home computer by acquiring a password from the library, or your COC instructors. You may save the articles by printing them out, downloading to an external drive, or emailing them to your account.


When you open up ProQuest your will get to a screen that look like this:

For the purposes of finding literary criticism resources you may want to select the subject area 'The Arts'

Once one has selected this subject area your can conduct your search


Since there far too many search results one might consider doing and advanced search. An example can be seen below:


Note that the search parameters have been adjusted to exclude reviews. Since the articles have been marked you can select the citation style to be used. With disciplines pertaining to the humanites the Modern Languages Association (MLA) style sheet is often used



Once selecting MLA the citations will look like this:



You also have the options of emailing, printing or downloading. Please contact the library to obtain the current login information for off-campus access.  


Additional literary criticism databases include Scribner Writers Online and Twayne's Author's Series. Both resources contain literary criticism from academic sources. Below is an example of a search in Twayne's Author Series:


 Once selecting the article that you want you have a number of options, as one can print, e-mail, download and cite the information:



The World Wide Web

The Internet can be an incredible research tool, if you use it with care. When you are researching information on a topic like literature, you will be confronted with a barrage of web sites that vary greatly in quality and objectivity. Below are two Web sites that contain evaluated information on literary criticism:

The Internet Public Library Online Literary Criticism Collection: The site is maintained by and contains links to information in a number of different literary criticism Web sites from a number of different historical periods. All of the sites listed have been selected and reviewed by librarians.

Librarians' Internet Index: Literature & Books:This page provides an excellent selection of web sources evaluated by librarians.

Please see a librarian regarding passwords for the above-mentioned databases or if you have any questions concerning the information covered in this research guide. To learn about how to properly cite the information found in both print and electronic resources, please see the MLA or APA research guides.


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