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Hackney Library

WRT 102: Composition II

"Physical Books and Media" Link = Library Catalog (for Finding Books and Other Items Housed in the Library)

Go to the library's home page ( and look for the "Physical Books and Media" link on the library's home page, and then click on it.  After you click, you will see a "Search the Catalog" box where you can type in what you're looking for, as indicated below:

Scroll to the next box to see how to search the catalog for literary criticism on a work of literature. 

Tip:  Our library catalog contains ONLY books in physical format (print), NOT E-Books!

Search Hackney Library's Catalog for Literary Criticism/Critiques on Works of Literature

Searching the catalog for book sources may require you to search rather broadly.  Combine your search for the author whose work(s) you're researching with the term "criticism" or "interpretation."  (You can also search the title of a specific work--see Example 3.)  Doing so will help to find books and other literary analyses of the author's work(s) rather than the works themselves (such as the plays of Shakespeare):

Example 1:  Shakespeare AND criticism,
Example 2:  Shakespeare AND interpretation
Example 3:  Midsummer Night's Dream AND interpretation (or you can use the term "criticism" here)

Sample Search of  Example #2:  Shakespeare and intepretation:

Now limit to Book format and Adult audience (excluding any children's books), circled in yellow in the screenshot below:


Now there are only 189 results, reflected by the number circled in yellow below:

Now click on the title of an item in your results list that looks relevant.  In this case, we'll choose the first one, Shakespeare for Students, but be forewarned that the first in the list is not always the best!  See the more detailed record below that you get to when you click on the title:

Notice the following in the record above:

  • The title of the book is marked in aqua
  • There is no author, but the editors' names are included following the title in the "Title" field.
  • The location in the library in the left-hand cell of the table ("Collection") is circled in yellow
  • The location on the shelf in the middle cell of the table ("Shelf Location") within the Collection is circled in green
  • The availability of the book in the right-hand cell of the table is circled in red
  • And one of the subjects that describes the content of the book is circled in orange:  "Shakespeare, William -- 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretaton."

You can look at the "Sample Search for a Book" link under the Book/Ebook link in the left sidebar for more info and screenshots about how to find this book in the stacks.

But now, let's look at the circled subject heading, "Shakespeare, William -- 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretaton." more closely:

  • The subject headings describe the actual content of the book, and because of that, they can be very helpful in narrowing your search to items actually ABOUT that topic.  
  • These subject terms can also be clicked on to find all of the other items in our catalog that have been assigned that subject heading in addition to this one.  When we click on the subject heading highlighted in organe, it does a brand new search, and finds the following:

​You can see that it has found 174 items that are in book format (both circled in yellow above) that also have been assigned the subject heading for criticism and intepretation of William Shakespeare's works.  These results are more likely to be on target than those from the key word search we started out with.  So watch for those subject headings. and click on them to do a new search for ALL the items in our catalog with that subject heading.

To see the detailed records for any of these in this new search, simply click on the titles.

Creating Your Own MLA Citation

Because the online catalog does not create citations in any style, you will need to use the tools at the link in the  left sidebar for MLA Style Resources to help you create your own citation yourself.