Authors & Criticism

Language and Literature Books

Located in the "P" and "Z" sections of Reference and General Stacks. Much information about authors and criticism is found in multi-volume sets, not individual sets. For these, you will have to use an index to find what you need. Check Gale's Literary Index (on the library's "Article Databases" webpage), an index to reference books published by Gale, Charles Scribner's Sons, St. James Press, and Twayne Publishers including:

  • African American Writers
  • American Writers
  • Black Literature Criticism
  • Black Writers
  • British Writers
  • Contemporary Authors
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography
  • Hispanic Writers
  • Modern American Women Writers
  • World Literature Criticism
  • ...and many more.

Journal Articles

Print Sources in our Periodicals area

  • Crab Orchard Review
  • New Yorker
  • Poets & Writers
  • Writer's Digest
  • ...and more.
  • OR check Book Review Digest (Call No. Z1219 C95 REF)

Online Sources on the library website

For off-campus access, login and password information on Blackboard.

  • EBSCOHost
    • Academic Search Premier
    • MagillOnLiterature Plus
  • Books in Print - a listing of currently published books, many including reviews.

Websites/Internet Resources

PAL: Perspectives in American Literature - Web pages on literary periods and nearly 430 American authors. Includes study questions, biographies, and photographs of authors.

Academic Info - A subject guide to academic literature websites; click "Subject Guides" and look under "English Literature Links".

Internet Public Library Literary Criticism - A directory to biographical and critical websites about authors.

Voice of the Shuttle - Provides broad coverage of literature resources, authors, works, criticism, and journals. Twentieth Century information can be found by choosing the "Literature (in English)" link in the "Contents" box, then click on "Modern (Brit. and Amer.)" or "Contemporary (Brit. and Amer.)".


Plan to do most of your research in the library with books. Few Web sources will have the quality, in-depth information you will need. Still can't find what you need? Ask a librarian for help, search tips, and additional sources of information.

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