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English 200A - Methods & Materials of Literary Research

This guide will assist English graduate students in their research of language and literature.

Selected Resources on Critical Theories and Perspectives

Note: Check the Cambridge Collections Online to find anthologies of critical articles and essays relating to specific literary theories. 

Tips on searching.  Put quotes around pairs of words or phrases.  Example: "post colonialism."  Go to the left side of the page and click on Literature, under Subject, if applicable, and under Access, mark the box that says "Only show content I have access to."

Below are links to EUREKA records of a sampling of books in our collection on or about literary theories and criticism.

Searching for Literary Criticism

These databases are recommended for finding scholarly articles.        

You can search most databases the same way you search a library catalog, by author (last name first), title (journal or article), or, more commonly, by keyword or subject. A keyword search is a broader search; you can type in any word or phrase. A subject search uses controlled vocabulary. In databases, subject headings are often referred to as descriptors or index terms.


Additional Databases

These are additional databases that might prove useful for further research.