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Literary Criticism Resources

Ebsco Literature Databases
Academic Search Complete is a valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database. with more than 7,100 full-text periodicals, including more than 6,100 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 11,200 journals and a total of more than 11,700 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,300 journals.

Literary Reference Center (Ebsco)
Combining information from major respected reference works, books, literary journals, and original content from EBSCO, Literary Reference Center features an expansive collection of author biographies, plot summaries & work overviews, full-text essays from leading publishers, literary reference books & monographs, cover-to-cover full text for literary magazines & journals, book reviews from the most prestigious publications, poems from hundreds of sources, short stories, classic texts, author interviews, and much more.In addition, Literary Reference Center includes Merriam Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature, Beacham’s Research Guide to Biography and Criticism (six volumes), The Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature, The Literary Encyclopedia, all of MagillOnLiterature Plus and much more.

Literature Resource Center (Gale Group)
A complete literature reference database which includes various sources for critical analyses of authors. LRC combines biographical, bibliographical, and contextual information to provide information on authors and their works.  Literature Resource Center features the complete text of Contemporary Authors and Dictionary of Literary Biography. There is select criticism from Contemporary Literary Criticism and selections from more than 30 other Gale literary reference sets, including works such as Poetry Criticism, Drama Criticism, Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism, Novels for Students, Literature and Its Times, and others.

Literary Index from Gale Group
This is a very useful index to the content in the Library's print collection of literary criticism and biography from the Gale Group.  Print collections are located in the reference section of the Library. Using the online index will assist you to locate the title, volume, and page numbers of the article(s).  Once you locate the information in the online index, check below to see if the library owns a particular volume.  Make note of the information you will need to look for the information on the shelf.

Melba Patton Library – Gale Literature Criticism Print Collection

Gale Literary Index
Classical and Medieval  Literature Criticism
Volume:  1- 33

Contemporary Literacy Criticism
Volume:  1-217

Literature Criticism from 1400-1800
Volume: 1-25
 
Nineteenth- Century Literacy Criticism
Volume:  1-85
 
Twentieth Century Literacy Criticism
Volume: 1-136
 
Poetry Criticism
Volume:  1-68
 
Drama Criticism
Volume: 1-27
 
Short Story Criticism
Volume:  1-87

I-Share Online Catalog
The I-Share online catalog contains book 32 million holdings from academic libraries throughout the state. You may search using author, title, subject, or ISBN number. Remember to search the author as a SUBJECT when you want works about the author's writings. Pay particular attention to the heading: "Criticism and Interpretation". Itemes are accessible via Interlibrary Loan using the barcode on your library card. From the library web page use the "Find Books, CDs, and DVD's to reach the library catalog web page.
 
Salem Press Critical Insights
This site contains full-text of Critical Insights e-books which focus on a single author or literary work. We have Critical Insights on the following:
Authors:
T.S. Eliot
Robert Frost
Nathaniel Hawthorne 
Works:
Death of a Salesman
Tales of Poe
 
Print Resources
 
R 016.809 C733a
Authors : critical and biographical references
An analysis of 500 books containing literary criticism written in English.

R 016.809 L7121
Literary Criticism and Author's Biographies : an annotated index
Arranged alphabetically by author with a short annotated note about each citation.
 
R 016.809 T918r
Reader's Index to the Twentieth Century Views Literary Criticism Series, volumes 1-100
A volume-by-volume guide to the first 100 works in the Twentieth Century Views literary criticism series. An index to each volume enables the reader to locate references to particular aspects of an author?s life and work.

R 016.823009 B392g
Guide to British Prose Fiction Explication : nineteenth and twentieth centuries
Arranged alphabetically by author with complete citations listed with the authors' entry.
 
R 809.005 C569c
Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism : excerpts from criticism of the works of world authors from classical antiquity through the fourteenth century [volumes 1 - 33]
Entries include poets, prose writers, dramatists and philosophers who died before 1400. The cumulative title index should be used for specific titles.

R 809.03 L71211
Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800 : excerpts from criticism of the works of 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th century novelists, poets, playwrights, philosophers, and other creative writers?. [volumes 1 - 25]
The cumulative title index should be used for specific titles.

To locate a particular author or work in this source, use the Online Gale Cumulative Literary Index.

R 809.04 C767c
Contemporary Literary Criticism : excerpts from criticism of the works of today?s novelists, poets, playwrights, and other creative writers [volume 1 -  217]
Includes contemporary writers who are now living or who have died since January 1, 2000. The cumulative title index should be used for specific titles.

To locate a particular author or work in this source, use the Online Gale Cumulative Literary Index.

R 809.04 N62n
Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism : excerpts from criticism of the works of novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers, philosophers, and other creative writers who died between 1800 and 1899, from the first published critical appraisals to current evaluations [volume 1 - 85]
To locate a particular author or work in this source, use the Online Gale Cumulative Literary Index.
R 809.04 T918t
Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism : excerpts from criticism of the works of novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers, and other creative writers who lived between 1900 and 1999, from the first published critical appraisals to current evaluations [volume 1  - 136]
To locate a particular author or work in this source, use the Online Gale Cumulative Literary Index.
DRAMATIC CRITICISM
Finding a Play
R 016 P698p
Play Index  [1949-2002]
This is a multi-volume index to individual plays and plays in collections.  Each volume is dated and arranged alphabetically by author, title, and subject.  Each volume also contains a cast analysis of the number and gender of the players.
R 016.8082 L828i
Index to One-Act Plays  [1900-1964]
This is an index to individual one-act plays and one-act plays in collections.  The books are arranged alphabetically by author, title, and subject.
R 016.80882 Ot8i
Ottemiller's Index to Plays in Collections : an author and title index to plays appearing in collections published between 1900-1962
Index to both English and foreign plays translated into English arranged by title, author, and collection.
Finding Play Criticisms

R 016.809204 B745d
Dramatic Criticism Index : a bibliography of commentaries of playwrights from Ibsen to the avant-garde
Index to over 630 books and 200 periodicals on commentaries of modern playwrights and their plays.
R 016.812009 Am35a
American Drama Criticism  [5 volumes; 2nd edition + supplements]
Lists interpretations of American plays published in books, periodicals and monographs since 1890.
R 016.812009 P182a
American Drama Criticism : interpretations, 1890-1965 inclusive, of American since the first play produced in America
Contains criticisms of American drama published between 1890-1965 in books, periodicals and monographs.
R 809.2005 D79d
Drama Criticism : criticism of the most significant and widely studied dramatic works from all the world?s literatures  [volume 1 - 27]
It is arranged alphabetically by dramatist and has a title index.
 
SHORT STORY CRITICISM

Finding a Short Story
R 016.80883 C771s
Short Story Index : an index to stories in collections and periodicals [1950-1998]
Indexes stories by author, title and subject.
Finding Short Story Criticisms
R 809.04 C767c
Contemporary Literary Criticism
Each volume of this series is arranged alphabetically by author.  Emphasis is on contemporary fiction, however short stories are included.  The cumulative title index should be used for specific titles. [volume 1 - 217]

To locate a particular author or work in this source, use the Online Gale Cumulative Literary Index.
R 809.30104 Sh81s
Short Story Criticism : excerpts from the works of short fiction writers  [volume 1 - 87]]
Presents significant passages from criticism of the greatest short story writers of all time with supplementary material ? biographical and bibliographical.
To locate a particular author or work in this source, use the Online Gale Cumulative Literary Index. 
R 016.80931 T427s
Short Fiction Criticism : a checklist of interpretation since 1925 of stories and novelettes (American, British, Continental) 1800-1958
Covers criticism from books and periodicals of short stories and novelettes no longer than 150 pages.
R 016.80931 W154t
Twentieth-Century Short Story Explication : interpretations 1900-1956, of short fiction since 1800   [8 volumes and index, 1900-1994]
A bibliography of interpretations that have appeared since 1900 of short stories published since 1800.
R 016.80931 W154t
Twentieth-Century Short Story Explication : new series   [6 volumes, 1989-2000]
Supplements the above series.
R 016.8130109 W439a
American Short Fiction Criticism and Scholarship, 1959-1977
Explication of over 5,000 books and 325 serial titles covering approximately 500 authors.
POETRY CRITICISM RESOURCES
R 016.8091 C615i
An Index to Criticisms of British and American Poetry
A source for criticism of poems by British and American poets from the earliest period to the twentieth century.
R 016.8091 K962p
Poetry Explication: a Checklist of Interpretation Since 1925 of British and American Poems Past and Present
Explicates poems of no more than 500 lines of known poets whose works are included in collections.
R 016.811509 G941g
Guide to American Poetry Explication [2 volumes]
Volume 1. Modern and contemporary - Volume 2. Colonial and nineteenth-century.
Explicates poems from books devoted to one author. Many works of 500 lines or over are included.
R 016.821009 M366g
Guide to British Poetry Criticism [2 volumes]
Volume 1. Old English-medieval - Volume 2. Renaissance.
Surveys interpretation of English poetry, of all lengths, in journals and books published on single authors as well as collections surveying periods or several poets.
R 809.04 C767c
Contemporary Literary Criticism
Each volume of this series is arranged alphabetically by author. Emphasis is on contemporary fiction, however poems are also included. The cumulative title index should be used for specific titles. [volume 1 - 217]
To locate a particular author or work in this source, use the Online Gale Cumulative Literary Index.

R 809.1005 P751p
Poetry Criticism : excerpts from the works of the most significant and widely studied poets of world literature [volume 1 - 68]
This series is arranged alphabetically by selected poets. The title index is very useful in finding specific poems.