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Literary Criticism: How to Find It: Online Sources

The TCC Libraries provide access to many electronic reference works geared to literature. Using these will provide you with a great amount of information about an author, literary movement, or work of literature.


Using Wikipedia

Using Wikipedia is an easy and convenient way to begin gaining a working knowledge of a topic. If you choose to use it, be aware that there are two serious flaws with Wikipedia. The first is that anyone can write articles for it. You do not have to be an expert on a subject. The second is that anyone can edit the articles. Again, you do not have to be an expert on the subject. These two points raise doubts as to the accuracy of what you read there. Because of the problems regarding the authority of the writers of Wikipedia articles, gain what information you can from them, but do not use Wikipedia as a source for academic writing.

Interactive Tutorial

Using Literary Sources from Gale (Artemis Literary Sources Database) (2:06)
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Using Literary Reference Center (3:39)
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