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Literary Criticism  

A guide providing library and internet resources for students conducting literary criticism research.
Last Updated: Oct 25, 2016 URL: http://libraryguides.cerritos.edu/literary_criticism Print Guide RSS Updates

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What Do You Know?

You probably already know a little something about this author and literary work, but it's important to find out more in order to write an intelligent research paper. 

Ask yourself:

  • What do I know?
  • What can I find out?

biographical information
plot overviews
charatcter studies
themes
literary style
critical essays

 

What You Need to Know

Understanding Your Assignment

Before you begin looking for information you should make sure you understand your assignment. Some good questions are:

  • How many pages?
  • How many sources?
  • What kinds of sources?
    • Books
    • Articles
    • Websites
  • What format?

Your professor is your best resource to answer these questions.

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What is Literary Criticism?

Literary Criticism is discussion, analysis or appraisal of a literary work-whether a novel, poem, play, short story or essay.

As a literary critic, you will read and study a piece of literature and attempt to:

  • describe
  • analyze
  • justify
  • interpret
  • evaluate

The guide will help you find biographical and critical information about authors and their works.

 

Research Basics - Step by Step

Breaking Down The Research Process  

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The following outline gives a simple and effective strategy for finding information for a research paper and documenting the sources you find. Depending on your topic and your familiarity with the library, you may need to rearrange or recycle these steps. Adapt this outline to your needs. We are ready to help you at every step in your research.

  1. Choose a topic - or have one assigned
  2. Understand your topic
    • Background reading
    • Consider a main focus
    • Refine your topic
    • Make a list of your keywords and concepts
  3. Search Sources
    • Find Books
    • Find Articles
    • Find Websites
  4. Write your paper - Informative, Analytical, Argumentative, Critical
  5. Cite your sources

            Professor Wallace
            ENG 52
            Fall 2016

            Date: Wednesday, Oct 26
            Time: 7:45 AM
            Librarian: Monica Lopez
                

              Find a Literature Guide

              Click below to see if there's a research guide on your author or literary work.

               

              Talk to a Librarian

              Need Help 

              The Cerritos College Librarians can help you with your research in a variety of ways:

              Librarians are available during library hours to answer your questions by phone or chat.
              (562) 860-2451 x2425

               

              Monica Lopez

               

              Contact Info:

              Librarian/Associate Professor
              Acquisitions and Collection Development Coordinator
              562-860-2451 Ext. 2434

              Phone: (562) 860-2451 x2434

              Email: mmlopez@cerritos.edu 

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