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.)
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:
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.