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ENG 102 / ENG 108: Research Papers, Literary Criticism & Annotated Bibliographies

This guide has been designed for MCC students taking English 102. It serves as a starting point for the research paper assignment. Use the tabs at the top of the guide to get started finding, using and evaluating information for your assignments.

What is Literary Criticism?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), literary criticism is defined as "the art or practice of judging and commenting on the qualities and character of a literary work". Literary criticism is written in a variety of formats including reviews, essays, research papers, and even dissertations. Literary criticism goes beyond just reading a text; you interpret and analyze what is written. Here are a few recommended web resources to help further explain literary criticism and analysis (be sure to consult your instructor regarding the specifics of your particular assignment.)

Writing a Literary Analysis Presentation - OWL@Purdue

Literary Analysis: Using Elements of Literature - Roane State Community College

Databases for Literary Criticism

The following databases are great resources for researching literature including criticism, analysis and reviews. See the 'Search Tips' box on this page for further help in searching these databases:

Print Literary Criticism Sources

In addition to a variety of library databases (eResources), the MCC Library collections contain a variety of print resources that provide literary criticism and analysis. Be sure to ask for help at the Reference Desk if you need help locating or using these resources. Search the library catalog for additional resources.