Literature: Literature & Criticism

Looking for critical reviews, essays and author biographies? Look no further! The library has gathered their best resources on popular authors or obscure ones below.


LitFinder is international in scope, covers all time periods, and contains literature content, including more than 140,000 full-text poems, 840,000 poem citations and excerpts, 7,100 full-text short stories and novels, 3,800 full-text essays published in the 16th-20th centuries, 2,400 full-text speeches, and 1,250 full-text plays. Also includes biographies, work summaries, photographs, and a glossary. Users have access to works from over 80,000 authors from 660 nationalities.

LitFinder is also included in Artemis Literary Sources


Resources include the most recent Arden Shakespeare editions of the complete works, as well as editions and adaptations of Shakespeare's works, other works published during Shakespeare's time, prompt books, the Gordon Crosse Theatrical Diaries, criticism, reviews, images, and reference.

Contemporary Authors


Women Authors

The 1920s Challenge

How well do you know the 1920s and the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald? Do you know the plot & Characters in the novel? Do you know what happened in the 1920s? This game will find out just how much you know!

Literature Collection (GVRL)

Always available eBooks on literature. Covers a broad range of literary topics.


Artemis Literary Sources, enabling researchers, teachers and students to cross-search these collections and discover and analyze content in entirely new ways.

Includes two really cool tools - Term Frequency, allows users to display search results on a line graph and track how the frequency of a particular term changes over time; and Term Clusters, discover key topics and themes in the literature you are reading.

How-to Tutorials


Thematic Guides

World Literature

Literature Resource Center

Start here to access biographies, bibliographies and critical analysis of authors from every age and literary discipline.

Literature Criticism

Contemporary Literary Criticism is THE resource to use when you need literary criticism. Now, you can find CLC, PLUS poetry criticism, drama criticism, and much, much more, online, without visiting the library!

LitFinder can be used directly or from within Contemporary Literary Criticism.

Literature - General

Topic Page: Literature

A collection of textual or spoken works that share a common subject matter. Though the term traditionally refers to a humanities context and includes belles-lettres, prose, verse, fiction, or nonfiction with a recognized artistic value, the concept is appropriately applied to the social sciences realm as well. In the broadest sense, literature is a means of communication. An author or editor intends to communicate a message to be broadcast to a community of readers. The medium—be it a book, a magazine article, or a speech— is a vehicle of mass communication.

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Searches a variety of Literature titles found in Credo Reference.

Literature Timelines

Specialized Resources

Mythology & Folklore