Using Google for searches is fast, fun and usually gives you tons of results. However, when you are searching for specific critical articles about works of literature, you will discover that using online databases is a better way to find exactly what you need. Often, the articles you need are only available for a fee; because you are an OE student, you can access these articles for free from our online subscription databases. In some cases, your teacher will require you to use database resources only, so this is another good reason for learning how to find articles within the resources provided by your school library.
When you do locate criticism resources using Google, make sure that the article you decide to use is not someone's opinion (like a blog or wiki) but is instead actual factual information backed up by research and citations.
Use the Gale Resources and the Bloom's search widgets below to find literary criticism articles for poetry or novels. The Gale Virtual Reference Library includes the Novels for Students and Poetry for Students databases - an excellent source for articles! Also consider using Gale's Literature Research Center and our EBSCO databases.
When you access the OE databases, you might be asked to provide a code or a username/password combo. Check the sheet that was given to you by the senior AP English teachers for this information.