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.
- There are different kinds of literary criticism. The Purdue University guide Literary Theory and Schools of Criticism explains different forms of literary criticism. *Each type of criticism has a "Typical Questions" section that can serve as a possible prompt to start writing.
- It is not uncommon in literary critiques to see several works of an author discussed, or to see a work compared to the works of other authors. In other sources, the author's works may be discussed in the context of his or her life.
- 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.