In most cases, books and articles in scholarly journals (print or electronic) are more appropriate than general web sources for Literary Criticism research.
The following websites are free and generally considered to be of good quality:
These are some poetry organization websites with author information, full texts of works, and criticism:
The full text of many works of literature that are in the public domain (not protected by copyright) can be read for free online with no special access required. Here are a few suggested places to find them:
is an online library of free eBooks. Read the full text of the world’s great literature, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired.
The contains 441 works of classical literature by 59 different authors, mainly Greco-Roman (some Chinese and Persian), all in English translation.
includes the full, searchable text of over 3500 full books and over 4400 short stories and poems by over 260 authors.
The includes material by and about Chaucer, Gawain, Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe, and Malory, plus Medieval plays and lyrics.
is a collection of online works printed in English between the years 1477 and 1799.
Works of Literary Criticism in the public domain (available to read in their entirety for free online):
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1817
by Matthew Arnold, 1869
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Google Scholar is a tool that can be used to search for freely available books, articles, and other types of resources online. It can be hard to tell which resources on Google Scholar are "peer reviewed." Check with your instructor to see if this is an acceptable resource for your assignment.
If you can't find an article in full text in the library databases, you can try searching for it in Google Scholar. If the article you want is not available in either place, you can request it using .
The following resources elaborate further on Literary Criticism:
For even more information, you might find by the Saylor Foundation helpful.