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Using MLA

Critical Reception

If you are looking at historical and contemporary reception of an author, you may want to explore the Critical Heritage series. There are a few examples listed below but you can also try searching the catalog with your author + "critical heritage":


Top Sources

When looking for literary criticism, these three databases are a good place to start:

More Databases

Here are a few more options for finding literary criticism:

Print Materials

A lot of criticism can be found in books.  Here are a few hints for your search:

  • Use the Find Books and More link on the library homepage
  • Enter your author's name (last name, first name) and use the Subject search option
  • Look for an entry like the following:  Castillo, Ana - criticism and interpretation

MLA International Bibliography

MLA International Bibliography is a powerful tool but it can be tricky to use.  Check out this series of focused videos on how to become a power user and make your searches much more effective!