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Literature Resources & Literary Criticism

Articles and Databases

Search databases to find articles in peer-reviewed journals, magazines, newspapers, reference sources, and other publications. Access from off campus with your FSC username and password.

Academic Search Complete (Ebsco)
Type in title of work and limit Document Type= Literacy Criticism

Contemporary Literary Criticism- Select (Full-text)

Gale Literary Index 
Search by Author, Title, Custom. Search by Author for listings of their works and where to locate criticism, PRINT Volumes.

Includes Literary Criticism. E.g., search Poe Criticism or Poe Tell Tale Heart.

Literature Criticism Online 
19th century, 20th century, contemporary, short story.

Literature Online LION (Full-text) (Proquest)
Search by Author for: Criticism

Literature Resource Ctr. (Full-text) (Gale)
Search by author name for literary criticism, list of works, genre, biography.            

Humanities Full Text (EBSCO)
Historical Context

MagillOnLiterature (Full-text)

MLA International Bibliography

Proquest - All Databases

Gale Research In Context 
Biographies, Historical Context

Films on Demand
Educational films on a wide range of topics, including literary works. Includes options to view films in short segments and read transcripts.


Literature and Writing Journals
Click on "Full-Text Access" under each title to discover how to access journals via databases and in print.


Search for English Literature textbooks by course number via this list of textbooks on reserve. Also search by title in the Library's catalog. Request textbooks at the Circulation Desk. Use these books for up to two hours in the Library. Call numbers are designated by course number, e.g. EGL 102

Print Books
Search for books in the Library's catalog. Also find print materials via the "Books and eBooks" tab on the Library website. Search by topic, title, author, etc.

  • Circulating Books: Located on the Lower Level. Check out up to 10 books for 2 weeks at a time with your FSC ID
  • Reference Books: Located on the First Floor. Must be used within the Library. Includes encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, test prep books, etc.

Search for ebooks via the "Books and eBooks" tab on the Library website. Search by topic, title, author, etc. View materials as a PDF and access from off campus with your FSC username and password.


Below are selected Literature websites which feature various authors and genres.

The Victorian Women’s Writers Project 
Works written by women during the Victorian era, including a collection of texts, essays, and fiction.

The complete works of William Shakespeare.

Bullfinch’s Mythology
Includes fables, gods, and heroes.

Project Gutenberg 
Information, books, and other materials available to the general public online. 

Citing Sources

English and Literature courses use the Modern Language Association (MLA) citation and format style. See below for basic guidelines and examples of MLA 8 citation style. See the “Citation Help” section for more details, examples, and sample MLA papers.



Why you need to cite sources:

  • Citing sources is the only way to use other people’s work without plagiarizing (i.e. if you are using any resource [journal article, book, website, report, interview, etc.], you NEED to give credit to the original source).
  • The readers of your work need citations to learn more about your ideas and where they came from.
  • Citing sources shows the amount of research you’ve done.
  • Citing sources strengthens your work by lending outside support to your ideas.

MLA 8 format follows the author-page method of in-text citation. This means that the author's last name and the page number(s) from which the quotation or paraphrase is taken must appear in the text, and a complete reference should appear on your Works Cited page. The author's name may appear either in the sentence itself or in parentheses following the quotation or paraphrase, but the page number(s) should always appear in the parentheses, not in the text of your sentence. For example:

Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (263).

Romantic poetry is characterized by the "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (Wordsworth 263).

Wordsworth extensively explored the role of emotion in the creative process (263).

In-text citations give credit to sources in the body of your paper. Use in-text citations when paraphrasing, directly quoting, or using ideas from sources.

  • Names may appear either in the sentence itself or in parentheses following the quotation or paraphrase, but the page number should always appear in the parentheses, not in the text of your sentence. Include page numbers if you are directly quoting the material.

Citations in the Works Cited List must correspond to in-text citations; The word or phrase you use in your in-text citations must be the first thing that appears on the left-hand margin of the corresponding entry in the Works Cited List.


  • Separate page labeled “Works Cited,” double-spaced, same margins as rest of paper.
  • Label the page Works Cited (do not italicize the words Works Cited or put them in quotation marks) and center the words Works Cited at the top of the page.
  • Double space all citations, but do not skip spaces between entries.
  • Indent the second and subsequent lines of citations by 0.5 inches to create a hanging indent.
  • For online sources, you should include a location to show readers where you found the source. Many scholarly databases use a DOI (digital object identifier). Use a DOI in your citation if you can; otherwise use a URL. Delete “http://” from URLs. The DOI or URL is usually the last element in a citation and should be followed by a period.

Author Names

  • Alphabetized by the last name of the first author of each work.
  • Authors' names are inverted (last name, first name)
  • List all authors of a particular work. Entries are listed alphabetically by the author's last name (or, for entire edited collections, editor names). Author names are written last name first; middle names or middle initials follow the first name.  

Capitalization and Punctuation

  • Capitalize each word of a title and subtitle and proper nouns (books, chapters, articles, web pages)
  • Italicize titles of longer works such as books and journals.
  • Do not italicize, underline, or put quotes around the titles of shorter works such as journal articles or essays in edited collections.


Access NoodleTools

NoodleTools is a citation manager that can help you generate and format citations correctly.

  • Select the type of resource you are citing (article, book, website, etc.) and NoodleTools will prompt you to enter required information. A citation is then generated in your selected format (MLA).
  • NoodleTools requires an account, so every time you log in your citations will be saved for you.
  • When you are finished entering information, a reference list can be generated for you and exported to MS Word or Google Docs.

For more details and examples of MLA citation style, visit the following websites:

Also find books on MLA citation style at the Reference Desk in the Library.


The Association of Writers and Writing Programs - The mission of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs is to foster literary talent and achievement, advance writing as an essential part of a good education, and to serve the creators, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary writing.

Poetry Society of America - Literary Organizations 

The American Society of Journalists and Authors - The American Society of Journalists and Author (ASJA) is an organization of independent nonfiction writers.

Research Help

Have a question? Librarians are available to assist you during all open hours.

Email: reference@farmingdale.edu
Phone: 631-420-2184