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Literary Criticism Sources

Typical literary criticism collections include:

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism
  • Twentieth Century Literary Criticism
  • Nineteenth Literary Criticism
  • Poetry Criticism
  • Drama Criticism
  • Short Story Criticism
  • Shakespeare for Students

Work originally published in a magazine

[See MLA Handbook, sec. 5.6.7]

Tyler, Anne. "Manic Monologue." The New Republic 17 April 1989: 44-46. Rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism. Ed. Roger Matuz. Vol.58. Detroit: Gale Research, 1990: 325-26.

Work originally published in a continuously paged journal

[See MLA Handbook, secs. 5.6.7]

Cutler, Bruce. "What We Are, and Are Not." Poetry 108 (1966): 269-273. Rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism. Ed. James P. Draper. Vol. 80. Detroit: Gale Research, 1994. 174-75.

Essay originally published in a book

[See MLA Handbook, 5.6]

Reilly, Patrick. The Literature of Guilt: From 'Gulliver' to Golding. Iowa City: University of Iowa P, 1988. 138-161. Rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism. Ed. Roger Matuz. Vol. 58. Detroit: Gale Research,
1990. 202-12.

Essay originally in an edited book (i.e. anthologies, etc.)

[MLA Handbook, 5.6.7]

Mencken, H.L. "The Great Gatsby." F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Man and His Work. Ed. Alfred Kazin. New York: Macmillan Collier, 1962. 89-92. Rpt. in Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Ed. Dennis Poupard and James E. Person, Jr. Vol. 14. Detroit: Gale Research, 1984. 147-49.

Other Sources - Dictionary of Literary Biography

[See MLA Handbook, 5.6.8, 5.6.15, 5.6.16]

Miller, Ruth. "Emily Dickinson." The American Renaissance in New England. Ed. Joel Myerson. Dictionary of Literary Biography 1. Detroit: Gale Research, 1978.

Controversial Issues Sources

The GCC English Department guide simplifies the format for citations from anthologies, such as ones from Current Controversies, Taking Sides, etc. shown below. Consult with your instructor on the preferred format.

CQ Researcher/Editorial Research Reports

[Consider as a periodical - the author is on the first page of the text.]

Clark, Charles S. "The Obscenity Debate." The CQ Researcher 20 Dec. 1991: 969-92.

Current Controversies

[See MLA Handbook, secs. 5.6.7]

This is a collection of essays that were originally published in other sources, such as books or magazines/journals. Titles may have changed. Check the source (often a footnote) at the beginning of the essay. This example reflects a change in the title of the article.

Gunther, Gerald. "All Speech Should Be Unrestricted on College Campuses." Free Speech. Ed. Bruno Leone. Current Controversies. San Diego: Greenhaven, 1994. 75-79. Rpt. of "Is There Ever a Good Reason to Restrict FreeSpeech on a College Campus - No," This World 9 Sept. 1990.

Information Plus

[Consider as an edited book, 5.6.16]

Siegel, Mark A., Nancy R. Jacobs, Carol D. Foster, eds. Gun Control: Restricting Rights or Protecting People? Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2005.


Taking Sides

This is a collection of essays that were originally published in other sources, such as books or magazines/journals. Titles may have changed. Check the source at the beginning of the essay in Taking Sides.

Essay taken from a book; title of essay changed

[See MLA Handbook, sec.5.6.7]

Solomon, Henry A. "The Case Against Longevity." Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Health and Society. Ed. Eileen Daniel. Guilford, CT: Dushkin, 1993. 240-42. Rpt. of The Exercise Myth. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1984.

Essay taken from a periodical; no title change

Sadik, Nafis. "World Population Continues to Rise." The Futurist. March/April 1991. Rpt. in Taking Sides:Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in World Politics. Ed. John T. Rourke. 5th ed. Guildford, CT: Dushkin, 1994. 323-37.

Opposing Viewpoints

This is a collection of essays that were originally published in other sources, such as books or magazines/journals. Titles may have changed. Check the source information (often a footnote) at the beginning of the essay.

[See MLA Handbook, sec. 5.6.7]

Gibbs, Nancy R. "Restricting Cigarette Smoking: An Overview." Chemical Dependency.  Ed. David L. Bender et al. Opposing Viewpoints. San Diego, CA: Greenhaven, 1989. 149-152. Rpt. of "All Fired Up Over Smoking." Time 18 April 1988: 64-69.

At Issue Series:

Citations for these are similar to those for Opposing Viewpoints and Taking Sides (above).

Contemporary World Issues:

[Consider as a book]

Kinnear, Karen L. Gangs: A Reference Handbook. Contemporary World Issues. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1996.



Related Information Box

Revised: Oct. 2006

This guide provides basic information for citing references for a "Works Cited" page from selected library resources.

Except where noted, formats are based upon the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 6th ed., with some modifications.

Always refer to your instructor and the MLA Handbook as the final authorities for form, punctuation, spacing, indentions, etc.


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