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ENGL 1020

ENGL 1020 - College Composition II

Welcome to the Arthur A. Houghton, Jr. Library Subject Guide for English 1020.  This guide is designed to help you find appropriate resources for literary analysis and criticism. 

Use the tabs at the top to navigate through the guide.  You are currently on the "Home" tab, so you can find other resources on "Reference Sources," "Finding Books," "Finding Articles," "Using the Internet," and "Citing Sources."

*To make the most of your research: be sure you know the title, author, and original publication date of your book!

What is Literary Criticism?

Literary criticism is much more than a book report!  It involves the study, evaluation, and interpretation of a written work, and may require you to draw a conclusion about the meaning of a story.  Knowing about the author's life and the historical context in which a piece was written can help, as well as reading interpretations already written by other literary scholars.  You should then support your conclusion using background material, and be sure to include your interpretation of relevant passages from the original work.

Search Strategies

The SuperSearch box on this page will do a basic keyword search.  If this does not provide useful results, click on the "Advanced Search" button on the search page and use this to construct a more complex search.  Advanced searching will allow you to combine keywords, author, title, and other searchable fields.

  • Look for biographies of authors, books of criticism on an author or specific work, and collections of critical essays.
  • You may find pages of critical comment within a book by using the indexes of general books about the author.
  • Find English literature shelved with call numbers beginning with "PR"; American literature under call numbers of "PS"; Spanish and French literature is classified "PQ."



Reference Materials

What are reference books?
Reference books are a great place to get a broad overview of a topic or concept. From traditional encyclopedias and dictionaries to subject-specific materials, our library has many resources to help you.  Below is a list of reference tools available in electronic format.

Library Catalog Search

Electronic Books - EBSCOhost eBooks Academic Collection

You can search and read academic titles in our electronic book database - eBooks Academic Collection.

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Where can I find articles?

Articles can be found in databases to which the library subscribes.  Databases are powerful tools that make hundreds of thousands of journal and newspaper articles searchable with the click of a button.

Literature Databases

Interdisciplinary Databases

Journal Locator

Search Journal Locator for a journal, newspaper or magazine title.

The Journal Locator provides information on journals, newspapers, magazines, and all other periodicals currently available through the Arthur A. Houghton, Jr. Library for the faculty, staff and students of SUNY Corning Community College.

Critically Evaluating Websites

To learn more about how to evaluate information that you find on the web, use these guides:

Google Scholar

Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.

Google Scholar aims to rank documents the way researchers do, weighing the full text of each document, where it was published, who it was written by, as well as how often and how recently it has been cited in other scholarly literature.

USE CAUTION!! In many cases, you may be directed to an article abstract, with the option to pay for the full text of the document. Google Scholar does NOT always recognize that some periodicals are included in databases to which the library subscribes, and therefore the content is available to you for free. If you find an article like this, use the citation and the "Journal Locator" feature on the Finding Articles tab of this guide to see if the library can provide access to the material you want.

Search Google Scholar