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Sex and Sadness

English 1302 Honors, Dalvi

Literary Criticism

To find out more about a novel, short story, or play, students usually begin in a library database that contains background information such as

  • timeline or setting;
  • biographical information about the author;
  • details about the characters;
  • thematic or structural analysis; or
  • themes used by the author.

The best databases for this type of content are listed below.

Sometimes a book chapter will give you exactly what you need.  Book chapters have both background information and critical analysis essays. 

To dig deeper into your narrowed topic, you will need scholarly peer-reviewed journal articles.  The databases listed below are the best to use for literary analysis.  

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