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A curated list of resources to help with literature based research.
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Literary Theories

This list represents some of the major critical approaches to literature. These terms are useful in determining the approach you want to take to your research.

  • Aestheticism
  • Deconstruction
  • Feminism
  • Formalism
  • Gender/Queer
  • Marxism
  • Neo Criticism
  • Post-structuralism
  • Pragmatism
  • Psychoanalytic
  • Reader-Response
  • Semiotics
  • Structuralism

Open Access Journals

Open Access Journals are credible journals published by researchers and academics. Anyone can access these journals for free. 

Open Humanities Press

Open Humanities Press is an international, scholar-led open access publishing collective whose mission is to make leading works of contemporary critical thought available worldwide.

Digital Humanities Quarterly

Digital Humanities Quarterly is an open-access, peer-reviewed, digital journal covering all aspects of digital media in the humanities.

Digital Studies

Digital Studies is a refereed academic journal serving as a formal arena for scholarly activity and as an academic resource for researchers in the digital humanities.


Recommended Databases

Databases are usually collections of journal and magazine articles, dissertations, reviews, and abstracts. Selecting the appropriate database for your particular needs helps to simplify the research process. The following databases are especially useful for researching topics in American literature:


EBSCO  offers a vast array of full-text databases, subject indexes, and historical digital archives. Because of its depth, please remember to search by setting up an Author and Title search via the Advanced Search option.

Literature Online

Literature Online  is a fully integrated service that combines the texts of over 355,000 literary works with a vast library of key criticism and reference resources. Excellent collection of accurate poetry, prose and drama texts.  

Literature Resource Center

Literature Resource Center offers critical, biographical and contextual content and supports interdisciplinary approaches to research.

Project MUSE

Project MUSE is an excellent resource for information related to the Humanities and Social Sciences. It offers complete, full-text versions of a number of scholarly journals.

NOTE: Please remember that is accessing the LCCC databases from off-campus, you will need to enter your L number starting with the capital L.



When searching the database, reading an article, or searching the Net, you sometimes will see a citation for a great article but not the article's full-text in print or in one of our databases. Periodicals: E & Print is an elist of all of the FULL-TEXT periodicals available in our databases, in print and in microform. You will be connected to this resource when you click on "Check for Availability" in our databases.



This demonstration will show you how to determine whether a full-text article from a journal, such as Early American Literature, is available in an online database or in print.

  1. Go to the Library Home Page and click Start Your Research
  2. Click on Full-Text Periodicals: E & Print
  3. Enter the periodical title in the search box: Early American Literature
    • Databases in which the journal appears in full-text are listed. Clicking on one of them will open that database so you can locate your article.
    • Notice the date range next to each database

Literary Analysis Terms

  • Allegory 
  • Character
  • Connotation
  • Denotation 
  • Diction 
  • Figurative language 
  • Foot (poetry)
  • Meter 
  • Plot 
  • Point of View 
  • Rhythm 
  • Setting 
  • Speaker 
  • Structure
  • Structure 
  • Symbolism 
  • Tone 

Getting Started with Database Research

These guides are intended to get you started in two of our most popular literary focused databases. Please refer all additional questions to the Rothrock Library at 610-799-1150.


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