Answered By: John Salinas
Last Updated: Oct 19, 2017     Views: 1402

We have some great sources for literary criticism. To access you must be on campus or have a COM ID to access off campus. Here's how:

Get the Best Literary databases

  1. You can get started by going to COM Library's home page, find Go Straight to the Good Stuff and hit Go!
  2. This takes you to our A-Z databases list and you'll see tha we have a lot. To narrow down to the best ones, use the By Subject pull down menu and select Literary Criticism.
  3. You'll now have a list of our databases with the kind of articles you need for literature papers. The first ones listed are your best bets.

Search for Your Author/Story

  1. Your best approach is to use the title of your author's work in quotes to search. For instance. "a good man is hard to find".
  2. The next step is to get just the articles that are criticism. On your result list, you should see an option under source type/content type or subject (depending on the database) that will let you limit to just the criticism, which are the kinds of articles your instructor wants you to use.
  3. Now you'll just need to review the articles available and choose the best ones to support your paper. For some authors/stories you may have to use several databases and for others you'll be able to use just one databases to find enough articles. It just depends on how popular that author's work is.

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