In COM 1102, at least part of your research will focus on literary criticism. Literary criticism takes an analytical look at a particular aspects of a literary work including theme, symbolism, or genre. The tips below will help you locate literary criticism articles in the databases recommended on the Articles and Databases page on this Guide.
If you have found a useful article or two, use the bibliographies from those articles to help you find other sources that might be relevant to your topic.
The databases below are devoted to literature, literature criticism, and the humanities. Use these databases to find author biographies and critical essays of their works.
What is the Literary Canon?
The Canon is a list of authors that many universities have adopted as appropriate and necessary for a well-rounded education in the humanities. According to the Bedford Introduction to Literature, this is a list of works "which collectively constitutes the "masterpieces" of literature." While the canon has many standard authors, defining it is difficult. In recent years, many have argued successfully for the inclusion of more women and minority authors. Here are some websites with more information. They are included here for informational purposes only--not necessarily as authoritative sources.