This page contains a variety of databases in which you will find online literary criticism in journal articles, book chapters, and other information sources, generally from scholarly sources.
Scroll down beyond the databases, and you'll see sample searches with screen shots from one of each of these kinds of databases.
The following databases include literary critiques (analyses of literature) among many other things in journal, magazine, and newspaper articles. To search them for literary critiques, search for the author/poet, and/or the title of that person's work, PLUS the term "criticism" or the term "interpretation." (In some of these, you will need to limit to "peer reviewed," "scholarly," or "refereed" to find only journal articles. In others, such as JSTOR, they may contain only journal articles, and therefore there is no need to limit.)
The following specialized databases focus on literature to the exclusion of other topics. They contain journal articles, book chapters, and other kinds of scholarly examinations of literature, called literary critiques or literary criticism.
In the search boxes at the top, type in your terms in separate boxes on separate lines (e.g., Shakespeare in one, criticism in the next; or Shakespeare in one, interpretation in the next, or Romeo and Juliet in one, criticism in the next, or Romeo and Juliet in one, interpretation in the next). You may also want to search using a theme or character's name as well.
For this sample search, we will be using Academic Search Complete, which in addition to containing articles in magazines, newspapers, and journals on a number of other subjects, also contains journal articles with literary criticism/critiques of works of literature.
Search Academic Search Complete for Literary Criticism:
Notice that in the above detailed record:
Here's a link to the article; click on the PDF Full Text link to see the article itself: https://login.proxy012.nclive.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=1031483&site=ehost-live
As you scroll through the article, notice that:
To email the article to yourself in MLA style, click on the envelope icon in the sidebar (circled in green)
When you click on the Email envelope icon, you will see the following screen:
To see the MLA citation that the database creates for this article, click on the Paper icon (circled in orange in the far right corner below):
The MLA citation created for this work is as follows:
Note that in this citation,