The University of Tampa Macdonald-Kelce Library

English Literary Criticism and Theory

The place to start for literary analysis.


To find books in the Macdonald-Kelce Library, start with searching Summon, a discovery system where you are able to cross search books, eBooks, and articles in the databases.

Can't find what you need? Interlibrary Loan Book Request Form

Type in the name of the periodical to see whether the library has it in a database or in print (e.g. New York Times, Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, Vogue)





- Type the name of the book ("The Great Gatsby") and the book should be first on the list. If you don't see the book, click on "Books/eBooks" on the left hand side under "Content Type."

If the book still doesn't appear, we may not have it in the collection. Don't give up just yet! You are able to Interlibrary Loan the book from another institution.


You can also search the Online Catalog. Use the following strategies to tailor your searches more precisely:

To find a specific book 

  • Search by the exact title (omit any article, "the/a/an" which start the title. For example, use "great gatsby" not "the great gatsby" and in "Find Results In" select "Title Begins With..."

To find works written by a specific author 

  • Search by author last name first name (steinbeck john) and in "Find Results In" select "Author Browse"

To find works written about an author or a work (i.e., criticism, interpretation, biography)

  • Search by author or title and under "Find Results In" select "Subject Browse".
  • There may be multiple "headings" which result from a subject browse. Choose the one that most closely fits your interest and has the largest number of titles.

Example of Book Selections for Literary Analysis

Seek out a wide range of sources when writing a literary research paper. Examples of the sources you will cite include:

  1. The original work to be analyzed and researched: The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
  2. A collection of essays by the author elaborating on themes in her fiction: Dancing at the Edge of the World by Ursula K. Le Guin
  3. A critical overview of the author: Presenting Ursula Le Guin by Suzanne E. Reed
  4. A collection of essays addressing the larger conversation: Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy by Robin Anne Reid (Ed.)
  5. A book on genre theory: Worlds apart : narratology of science fiction by Carl Darryl Malmgren


The library has several eBook databases that give you access to works of literary criticism.

Log in to MyUTampa for full access.

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