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ENG199: Methods of Literary Study (Stone): Home

Spring 2019, A. Stone

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

Primary Sources:

  • Direct or eyewitness (firsthand) account/evidence

  • Original sources

  • Can be:

    • Interviews

    • Diaries

    • Letters

Secondary Sources:

  • Analysis, interpretation, commentary, or evaluation of primary sources

  • Can be:

    • Journal articles

    • Reviews

    • Literary criticism

For an overview of primary sources available at Smith and in the Five Colleges, consult the Find Primary Sources page.

Literary Criticism

Try a keyword search to find critical works, for example:
   plath and criticism

or use "subject begins with" search with author's name:

Plath, Sylvia. Ariel -- Criticism, Textual


Use Request Item to get books from other campuses

No need to add the search term "criticism".  Try a simple keyword search, for example:

toni morrison and sula and (identity or self*)

If full text is not available through MLA, use SCLinks to locate other sources of the article or to request with Interlibrary Loan.

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