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ENG 125: Literature Criticism (AL): Books and eBooks

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Search Tips

Sample Searches:

Euripides AND criticism

Use AND between two or more terms to find materials with all the concepts.  Searching for Euripides AND criticism will only include books that have both Euripides and criticism in their contents.


(fate OR "free will") AND "Richard III"

Use OR between similar concepts.  Searching for (fate OR "free will") AND "Richard III" will find books that refer to fate and Richard III, as well as free will and Richard III.


"Torvald Helmer"

Use quotation marks ( " " ) around specific phrases or names such as "Torvald Helmer" to find the words in that specific order.



Use an asterisk ( * ) to find multiple versions of one word.  Using crit* as a search term will include results that refer to critical, criticism, criticize, etc..


eBook/eReader icon

Here are a few places you can find eBooks, just remember that you will have to login with your myNOVA username and password (the same ones you use to access Blackboard, student email, etc.).  More information on downloading eBooks.

Where To Find Stuff

You will often find the work itself (e.g., Richard III), information on its author (Shakespeare), and critical analyses all in one spot.