Once you have your keywords, this is a good place to look for literary criticism and biographical information. Use advanced search to find articles about a specific author or a specific work. LRC also contains reviews, work overviews, and primary sources.
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Use this database for scholarly articles in literature, history, and the humanities. JSTOR contains many of the most important journals in these areas, generally from the first volume published through three years ago. You typically won't find anything published in the past 3 years in JSTOR.
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To find criticism about an author's work, use terms such as:
jane austen characters
alice walker correspondence
langston hughes criticism and interpretation
ernest hemingway criticism textual
william shakespeare language
kate chopin diaries
edith wharton dictionaries
Specific authors, characters, or works:
midsummer night's dream
To find biographical information, do a subject search for the author.