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WRIT 120: Critical Interpretation: Home

Fall 2021, Professor Wall-Randell



Welcome to the Research Guide for Writing 105 / English 120: Critical Interpretation. This guide aims to point you to some useful starting places for your research. Please feel free to contact me with questions or help with any aspect of the research process. I'm here to help!

Karen Storz, Research & Instruction Librarian

Background & Overviews

Using SuperSearch can be an easy way to find encyclopedia articles to get background on a topic or an overview or definition of a concept.

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


Related Guides


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, use one of the key databases recommended on this guide.


Key Databases for Literary Criticism

Databases can contain a combination of full-text articles (ready to read online) and/or citation information about articles, book chapters, or books.

Find Books on Your Topic

Search Tips

  • Use synonyms and truncation to find the different ways your topic might be expressed—computers are very literal
  • Combine multiple concepts using AND / OR for best results


sample topic:   Cultural identity in the poetry of Li-Young Lee

(identity OR self) - synonyms 

AND (cultur* OR ethnic* OR immigra* OR Asian American) -  truncation

AND Li-Young Lee

AND poetry

Not finding enough, or found an item that's checked out?
WorldCat and request a copy.

Key Databases With Primary Source Materials

For more about primary source materials and databases with primary source materials, visit these research guides:

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