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EN 121: English Composition

About Literary analysis / criticism assignments

Do you need to research a literary work - a novel, short story, poem, or play?  Do you need to find information about the author - his life and influences? Do you need to find criticism and interpretation of the literary work?  And how do you actually find the literary work itself?

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Finding Books, e-Books, and DVDs in the FIT Library

Using OneSearch, try one or more of these searches:

About literary works, biographical / bibliographical Sources: 

  • Type in the author's name to retrieve books about a person and his/her writings. book cover of the mockingbird next door
  • Type the name of the author (last name, first name. The resulting subject list may include subdivisions; select an appropriate subdivision, such as Criticism and interpretation (for materials about the author’s writings).
  • Search for materials about literature of specific time periods, countries, regions, languages, ethnic groups, etc.;  try terms such as: Poetry, Short Story, Short Stories, Fiction, Literature, or Drama, and, by nationalities, such as American fiction, English drama, etc.  Combine with subheadings, such as History and Criticism, Bio-Bibliography, or Stories, plots, etc.

Texts of an authors' works:

  • Search by author’s name  Results may include individual novels & short story or poetry collections by a specific author in the form of books, e-books, and/or DVDs.
  • Search for a specific title.Book Cover of girls burn bighter
  • Search for collections of short stories by various authors (anthologies): use the subject heading "short stories."
  • Search for collections of poetry by various authors: use the subject heading "poetry."


Literature databases

Additional Databases for finding articles

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