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Literature: Intro

library and online resources to find literature, research an author and their work, or find literary criticism

open book with eyeglasses on top This guide is for literature as defined from a "humanities context and includes belles-lettres, prose, verse, fiction, or nonfiction with a recognized artistic value." It is for the student in a literature course seeking literary works, biographical information on an author, or literary criticism. Get the basics on creating a literary analysis for a class assignment.

Source of literature definition: "Literature." The SAGE Glossary of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, edited by Larry E. Sullivan, Sage Publications, 1st edition, 2009. Credo Reference, Accessed 28 Aug. 2019.

Additional Resources from Vol State

These guides may be of interest if you are writing an English essay, taking a speech class, or need help using one of the library's databases.

Each campus has a Learning Commons that provide academic support for students, including help with writing papers.

In addition, online help is available. Look for the links to Essay Review and Writing Support in the Academic Support support of your course page in eLearn.

Literary Analysis: resources

Are you required to write an analysis of a literary work? Do you need to compare two poems? Here are some resources from other schools, colleges, and universities on the process.

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The purpose of this guide is to link Vol State to resources that may help them with their literature classes or other classes requiring research on a literary topic.

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