Your professor may require you to incorporate works of literary criticism into your research paper.
Watch this 3-minute definition of literary criticism. Then scroll down for examples and differences between literary criticism and reference information.
|Found in books, scholarly journal articles, library databases, and sometimes websites
|Found in print encyclopedias, library databases, and some websites
|Usually provides an opinion related to a theme, writing style, or historical/political context
|Can provide thematic background, plot summaries, author biographies
|Although the literary criticism examples below are in different formats, these resources are considered literary criticism because they analyze and focus on particular works or writings using a particular theory or lens.
|These various sources below provide background, an overview, and other information related to a work of literature but they are not considered literary criticism as they do not include in depth analysis.