Research Guide: Literary Criticism

This guide will help you understand and locate literary criticism

Finding images of authors

Finding images

Author W.E.B. Du Bois - image source below

Find images like this in the various collections in the New York Public Library Digital Gallery using the link below.

Image source: ​Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library. "Prof. W. E. B. DuBois, Sociologist and Writer, Atlanta, Ga." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1900. 

Literary Criticism Websites

Finding literary criticism online

Use the links below to go to websites that can help you find literary criticism. Remember also to use advanced searching when using Google to locate literary criticism.

Find reliable websites by limiting the domain! (just text, one image) [no assets=okay to map OR copy]

Limit to specific domains in when searching Google

Limiting the domain of the websites you're searching in Google is one of the quickest ways to narrow your results and find more credible resources quickly! URL domains can be clues to a site's reliability and ownership.

Common URL domains:
  • .com = commercial (ads & pop-ups)
  • .gov = U.S. government (official agencies)
  • .mil = U.S. military
  • .edu = educational (colleges & universities)
  • .org = organization (could be non-profit or for-profit, can be informative but often biased)
  • .net = network (could be almost anything, including personal websites)
  • .info = information (generic domain, no criteria needed for companies or individuals to use)
  • .biz = business (an alternative to .com)
You can also limit your searches, like through a Google search, by using the "site:" search shortcut. 
"Site searching" examples:

sample site search limiting the domain to educational websites

  • politics in art site:edu (would find educational resources on this topic)
  • politics in art site:gov (would find U.S. government resources on this topic)
  • Note that there are NO spaces before or after the colon after the word "site"

Websites for Specific Authors

Looking up specific authors

Author Dorothy Parker  - image source below

Image source: Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library. "Dorothy Parker (Writer)" The New York Public Library Digital Collections.