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