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English & Literature: Websites

This guide can assist with research in literary criticism.

Evaluate your sites!

Because there is no review process or regulation for the public Web, you will need to judge for yourself the quality of the material you find. Keep in mind these questions:

Accuracy Does the information presented seem accurate? Are the facts verifiable?
Authority Who is the author? What expertise does he or she have on this topic? Who sponsors the site? Check the domain name to see if it is a university, business, organization, or an individual.
Objectivity What is the stated purpose of the site? Check the "About..." link if there is one. What position or opinion is presented and does it seem biased? What kind of sites does this one link to?
Currency On what date was the page created? Do you need more current information? Do links on the site still connect to their destination?
Use Would you quote information from this site in a college research paper?

Sites to Get Started

The following sites have been selected and evaluated by a CCAC librarian. Sites are organized into these categories:

  • Text Sources - digital archives, ebooks, and other digital texts of books and poetry.
     
  • Reference - glossaries, literary overviews, dictionaries, quotations, speeches, and other reference sources.
     
  • Biographical - information about specific authors and groups of authors (e.g., British, Native American, etc.)
     
  • Criticism Research - resources for finding literary criticism.
     
  • News and Book Reviews - current news about authors, writing, and new books.
     
  • Children's Literature - find resources on children's literature.

Text Sources

Reference

Biographical

Criticism Research

News and Book Reviews

Children's Literature

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