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.
Be sure to consult our online guide Research in the Library for more detailed information.
When researching a particular work, you may find sources that compare and contrast the work to the author's other works, or the works of other authors. Other sources may discuss the author's works in the context of his or her life. To learn more about different forms of literary criticism, see Purdue University's Online Guide to Literary Theory and Schools of Criticism.
Give yourself plenty of time to complete your assignment, including doing your works cited page. Literary Criticism can be much more time-consuming than other research assignments.