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WRIT 120-01: Critical Interpretation (Brogan)


This guide provides some useful starting places for your research. I'm happy meet with you to help with any part of the research process, from finding and evaluating sources to understanding how to cite them. You can email me ( or make an appointment on my calendar:

Karen​ Storz, Research & Instruction Librarian

Image: Winslow Homer. The New Novel. 1877. ArtSTOR.


SuperSearch can be a great place to start your search for journal articles, books, and almost everything else the library has, in one easy to use interface. You can use the filters on the results screen to improve your results.


For searching with more focus and precision, try the key databases recommended on this guide. 

Key Databases for Literary Criticism

Databases can contain a combination of full-text (ready to read online) and citation information that can lead you to articles, book chapters, or books. It's always a good idea to search in more than one database. Even if there is considerable overlap in content, the different search capabilities and features of each database can help you find different sources. 

MLA Search Tips

To find critical sources on a particular author in the MLA International Bibliography, choose SA Primary Subject Author from the search box menu.

Add other terms to narrow your focus.

Look at the Subjects that come up under the citations. They can provide you with additional ideas for search terms.

For more tips on database searching, see the Search Tips page of this guide.

Background & Overviews

SuperSearch can be a good way to find encyclopedia articles from a range of sources to get background on a topic or an overview of a concept.

Enter your search terms, and limit your results to Content Type: Reference.

Borrowing from Elsewhere

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Use WorldCat Discovery to search and request directly from libraries worldwide via Interlibrary Loan.

Questions? Interlibrary Loan Guide


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