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Fiction Appreciation

Literature Databases

Gale Literature Criticism Online

Perform a search for the title of the work you're researching:

Demonstrates a title search for the poem, The Passionate Shepherd to his Love, in the search bar.

Screen shot of the Gale Literature Criticism database search results, showing 13 articles of literary criticism.

Gale Literature Resource Center

Use the "Works Search" feature to enter the title of the work. Results will be broken down into any of the following categories: 

  • Literature Criticism
  • Biographies
  • Topic & Work Overviews
  • Reviews & News
  • Primary Sources & Literary Works
  • Multimedia

Screenshot of Gale Literature Resource Center pointing out the button for a "Works Search"

Demonstrates a search for the work, The Yellow Wallpaper, in the search bar.

Search results including literary criticism, biographies, overviews, and reviews

Literary Reference Center

Perform a Subject Search for your work, making sure that you enter the title of the work inside quotation marks:

Subject search for the work, Do not go gentle into that good night, enclosed in quotation marks.

MLA International Bibliography

Perform a subject search for the title of the work you are looking for, and you may also include the author or poet on the next search bar (joined by the Boolean operator "AND"), making sure you enter the name with the last name followed by the first name.

Subject search for the work, Fences, joined with a boolean "And" search for the author  August Wilson with the name entered with the last name followed by the first name.

Citing Your Sources

Helpful guides to citation styles: