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EN 504: Principles of Critical Investigation
Professor Caroline Z. Krzakowski

Library Resource Guide

Literary Criticism Sources

MLA International Bibliography (1926-present)
The premier index to scholarly publications of all kinds (books, articles, theses, etc.) in the field of literature.

Literature Resource Center
Provides access to three recognized author collections from Gale Publishers--Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism, and Dictionary of Literary Biography--along with over 300 journals, a variety of other important reference works, and selected Web sites. When searching for a particular work, change the drop-down menu on the search screen to "All Text (tx)" for best results.

Library Catalog
When looking for literary criticism or biographical information in the library catalog, select the Library of Congress Subject Heading button and enter the author's name, last name first (ex. Stein, Gertrude).  Pay particular attention to the subheading Criticism and Interpretation (Stein, Gertrude - Criticism and Interpretation).


Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

The Oxford dictionary of literary terms
A searchable online dictionary of literary terms.

Encyclopedia of Literature®
Another searchable dictionary. This work is part of the Literature Resource Center, but this link will allow you search only this resource.

The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics
PN 1021 .N39 1993
An older edition of this work.

The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism
PN81 .J554 2005

Introductory Guide to Critical Theory
An online reference guide to critical theory.

Voice of the Shuttle: Literary Theory
The section of this comprehensive literary web site that contains articles on literary theory.


Full-text Resources

Hathi Trust Digital Library
Scanned volumes published before 1924.

Internet Archive
Full-text and scans of many works published before 1924.


Borrowing Materials From Other Libraries

If our library doesn't have the books you need, you should then search MeLCat, the Michigan electronic Library Catalog. You can request items from over 250 public and academic libraries in the state of Michigan. You will usually receive items requested through MeLCat in about a week.

Worldwide, use WorldCat  (Note: To retrieve & view online theses & dissertations, enter key words, click on "Internet Resources" & change "Any Content" drop box to "Thesis/dissertation".

Interlibrary Loan allows you to obtain materials not owned by Olson Library.  Materials such as books and periodical articles, among other sources, can be borrowed from other libraries.  The average time to receive requested materials is 1-2 weeks and you will be notified by email when your items arrive.  Consult the above link to submit a request and for further details.


MLA Style

MLA Style Guide
Reference Collection: LB2369 .G53 2009.
Examples of how to cite some of the more common sources, including web sites and online articles, according to the most recent edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.  Consult the Handbook in the library reference collection for sources not listed at this site.

Zotero
Zotero is a free extension to Mozilla Firefox. It stores citation information, and, with the use of Microsoft Word, will allow you to create citations as you write your paper and then create your works cited page at the end. You can download the extension at http://www.zotero.org/. The Olson Library provides a guide for the use of Zotero as well.


Need Further Assistance?

You may contact Mollie Freier by e-mail (mfreier@nmu.edu) or by phone (227-1061).



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