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Research for Critical Analysis of Literature: Find Articles and Online Information

For those taking Intro to Literary Analysis or any Literature or Humanities course requiring analysis of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, or dramatic works (plays, films, etc.)

Research 101: Searching Is Strategic (3:14)

Web sources for literary analysis

Many contemporary authors have websites that include biographical information and possibly links to interviews, or even posts about the author's inspiration or writing process. 

Other websites to consider might include:

Arts or cultural agencies or organizations, which often feature a particular country's writers and literary works..

Colleges or universities where the writer teaches or taught. 

Libraries, especially in the town, state, or country your writer comes from, or special libraries which collect and study manuscripts. 

Literary awards websites - some major literature prizes are the Bailey, Booker, Nobel, PEN awards, Pulitzer. There are also genre prizes like the Hugo and Nebula. Many of these sites include speeches, reflections, or Q&As with winners.

Museums, birthplaces or homes of writers, or other historical sites. 

Societies or centers devoted to the life and work of a particular writer, or a genre or period in literary history.

Note that you cannot just look at the suffix of the website address (.org, .gov, .edu, .com) to determine which of these sites are quality sources. Many of the organizations above will have .com websites. See the MCC Library's guides for Evaluating Sources to review the strategies for assessing website information

Here are some examples:

Suggested databases

The following databases may be good places to find sources for your critical literary analysis paper.

What Is MCC Library OneSearch?

In the center of the MCC Library homepage is a powerful blue search box (see image below.) With it, you can cast "a wide net," searching all of our resources--print and digital, including eBooks--at once.

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Try a search yourself right here.


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