Finding Literary Criticism
In doing research about a literary author or title you will be looking for more than a book review or summary information. Scholarly or academic writings about authors and their works are not found in popular magazines, general internet websites, or ready-reference sources. You will need to delve deeper if you want good quality critical materials.
EBSCO's Student Research Center provides access to some literary journals but a much better resource is the Advance Placement Source which can be accessed through the Student Research Center. AP Source indexes sixteen literary journals which are available in full-text.
Questia, an online library "with a broad selection of scholary complete books and journal articles in the humanities and social sciences, plus magazine and jouranl articles" is a terrific online collection to use. The Redwood High School Library has a school-wide subscription to Questia. To set up an individual account type in rhs[studentID] as the user name and [studentID]rhs as the password. Once you've set up an account you can change the username and password. The website provides research guides to over 6,000 topics, enables you save books to a personal bookshelf, provides help in citing the materials you use, and makes writing notes and highlighting the materials you have read very easy.
Several good websites and directories are described and linked from the library's Authors Page
Literature Resource Center is a database provided by the Marin County Free Library and you will need an MCFL library card to access it. LRC is a very comprehensive database of critical and biographical information about authors and literature.
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