Novels, poems, short stories and plays can be challenging research topics. Thankfully, the Ventura College Library has resources that can help you with your studies.
- Some things you may encounter in literary critiques:
- The work you are researching is compared/contrasted with the author's other writings.
- The work you are researching is discussed in the context of the author's life (critical biography).
- The work you are researching is compared to different authors' works.
- Give yourself plenty of time to complete your assignment, including doing your works cited page. Literary Criticism can be more time-consuming than other research assignments.
Be sure to consult our online guide Research in the Library for more detailed information.