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WRT 102 - East Writing II: Gale Literary Series in Print

What are the Gale Literary Series?

Not everything is online!

These book series have hundreds of volumes that collect literary criticism on important authors. You'll find reprinted essays that first appeared in scholarly books and journals.

Thankfully, there is an online index to these books.  It tells you every page where a particular work (story, poem, novel, etc.) is mentioned in these sets.

Follow the instructions at left.

Short Story Criticism

Poetry Criticism

Finding literary criticism in the Gale Literary Series

 1.  Look for the following sets:

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism  PN 771 .C59 (brown)
  • Short Story Criticism PN 3373.S48x (red)
  • Twentieth Century Literary Criticism PN 771 .T94 (brown)
  • Poetry Criticism PN 1010.P499  (purple)
  • Drama Criticism  PN 1601.D59  (black)

2.   Use the call numbers (above) to find your sets. 

3.  Pull the volumes and review the articles. 

  • Find the literary work in bold font.  Examine the context.  What does it say? 
  • Find the beginning and end of the reprinted article.  What is the main idea of the article? 
  • Does this article have facts or arguments that you could cite in your paper? Does it give you ideas? 

4.  Photocopy relevant articles AND record citation information.

  • Photocopies costs 10 cents per page.  Use cash or add dollars to your ID card or a copy card.
  • Photocopy all pages of the article, including the citiation information.
  • Also photocopy the Title page of the volume.  Then write the publication YEAR of the volume and on the photcopy.