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ENG 212 - Critical Approaches to Literature  

This guide is designed to point students to important critical tools and resources in the field of English literature that help with text and author analyses.
Last Updated: Sep 14, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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MLA Handbook

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MLA Handbook - 8th ed.
Call Number: Reference 808.027 M69H 2016
ISBN: 9781603292627

Locating Articles by Journal Title

  • Journal Finder
    With an article citation in hand, search this tool by Publication Title to identify access--print or online.

Tools to Get Started

  • Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad)
    Borrow articles from other Libraries when you cannot immediately access the full text. Create an account today.
  • Zotero
    Keep track of your citations and produce bibliographies with the simple click of a button. Download the software here at

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Introduction to the Critical Approaches Guide (ENG 212)

To analyze texts well, you will need a host of resources. 

In this guide, you will find:

  • Specific Library Tools geared toward the critical study of English Literature
  • Specific print resources and titles that incorporate and assist with textual analysis
  • Helpful and Reliable Web Sites


Use a variety of methods and keywords to locate research on your topic.


  • author last name (and first name, if needed)
  • title of work (or part of it, if long)
  • name of approach or name of prominent proponent of approach

Citation Management Tools

Citation management tools can save time and frustration.  Zotero is an extremely useful and capable resource that also aids citation (and full-text article) organization.


  • Easy, quick, free citation manager
  • Works with PC/Mac OS's & Firefox, Chrome, Safari browsers 
  • Icon appears in browswer address bar to save citation
  • Format citation in any of 8000+ styles available
  • Find help: Getting Your Stuff into Zotero

Google Scholar

  • Easy, quick, no-download-necessary citation creator
  • Search for your article by title
  • Use "Cite" link below publication information
  • Choose from the major styles


  • Search for your resource (e.g., book, article, report)
  • Click on item title
  • Find "Cite/Export" link in upper right portion of record
  • Choose from several styles

Search Tips: Connectors

Use these term connectors in Library tool searches

  • AND
    This will narrow your search to include all terms that are connected with AND.

    "student engagement" AND leadership

    requires that both terms be present in the title, abstract, or keywords of a citation.
  • OR
    This broadens your search to include more options based on your search terms.

    (college OR university) AND "student housing"

    insists that either the term college or the term university must be present along with the phrase "student housing" in the title, abstract, or keywords assigned to a citation.
  • NOT
    This excludes a term from a search and thus helps you narrow your search results. You may find that a search on (student AND vulnerability) brings up too many citations related to physical vulnerability.

    You could add to the search NOT physical, to exclude articles focusing on that one aspect of the concept of vulnerability.

    (student AND vulnerability) NOT physical

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