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Literary Criticism: Criticism in the Library

This guide will help you find literary criticism in the library and online.

Finding Books in Print

To find literary criticism in books go to the library home page, scroll down to the OneSearch box, and click on Find Books. In the search box enter your topic (an author's name or the title of the literary work) and the keyword criticism. For example,

alice walker and criticism

go tell it on the mountain and criticism 

The results list gives you basic information about each book, including location and availability. Click on a title to get more details. Books that are available to be checked out are located in the stacks. Ask a librarian to point you in the right direction.





Browsing is a time-honored scholarly practice that allows for serendipitous discovery.

Books in the library are shelved by subject using a system called Library of Congress Classification, which assigns letters of the alphabet to different subject areas. Literary works and books about them are shelved together in the P section to facilitate browsing.  Here is a more detailed breakdown of the Literature section:

PJ Oriental Languages & Literature

PK Indo-Iranian Languages & Literature

PL Languages & Literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa & Oceania

PN Literature (General)

PQ French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese Literature

PR English Literature

PS American Literature

PT German Literature


If you want to keep a book longer than three weeks, you can renew it online. On the library home page, click on Your Library Account.