Take it step by step...
1. Choose Your Primary Source.
There are many library resources to help you choose a short story or poem to analyze in your paper. Ask for help from a librarian or check out the Literature Resource Center link will open in a new window to get started.
2. Search for Scholarly Criticism.
Search for the story or poem title or your author in JSTOR link will open in a new window to find articles analyzing your story or poem from a variety of perspectives.
3. Identify the Perspectives.
What are the authors writing about? The Literature Resource Center Link will open in a new window. can also help you learn more about common readings of the story or poem you've selected. Some common topics in literary analysis include:
4. Connect the Readings to the Primary Source
Read your story or poem closely to identify passages that connect to the topics studied in your selected scholarly articles. RefWorks link will open in a new window can help you make notes in your scholarly articles as you go along.
If you need help with any step along the way, talk to your instructor or schedule an appointment with a Librarian using the button below.
Use the worksheet below to help you stay organized as you read the literary criticism articles you find:
What are the best Library Resources for this assignment?
Need some help coming up with good search terms for literary analysis? This video from the Library at the University of Houston link will open in a new window will help you come up with new ideas for good keywords.
Check out this guide's Develop Your Search Strategy link will open in a new window section for more help.