Literary criticism is the interpretation, analysis, and evaluation of an author and their literary works that is usually presented as a critical essay. Literary criticism may focus on a specific literary work or it may analyze and interpret a specific portion of an author's writings or the author's writings as a whole.
For your Literary Analysis Paper you will need to find three peer reviewed articles, books, and/or book chapters about your selected short story. Finding literary criticism can be challenging. Below are some tips to help you plan your search for literary criticism on your chosen short story:
These databases include literary criticism resources among other disciplinary research:
These databases focus specifically on literary theory and criticism:
Once you find the citation, try the button to see if Penn State has the electronic or print version of the article you need. If the electronic version is available, it will appear as the first link on the Get it! menu. If the article is not available electronically, click on The CAT link to automatically search our catalog and see if Penn State has a print copy. If no other copy is available, you use the InterLibrary Loan (ILL) link to request it from another library. ILL will get a copy of the article for you, typically at no cost; articles usually arrive within a week, often in as few as 2-3 days. Watch your PSU email for notification and further instructions.