Find Articles
The Library subscribes to many article databases, each suited to different fields and levels of study. If you are away from campus, you will need to access these databases through Ocean Connect and the Library Services Tab.

  • Bloom’s Literature [Start Here]: Examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature. Also includes biographies of authors, themes in works, and overviews.
  • Gale Literary Sources [Comprehensive Full Text with Biography and Criticism]: Combining Gale literary sources, this database lets you search primary sources, critical articles, literary and cultural analysis, and biographies. Includes digital scans of the Reference Compilations located in the library.
  • Literary Reference Center [A good Source for Literary Criticism]: A full-text database that combines information from over 1,000 books and monographs, major literary encyclopedias and reference works, and hundreds of literary journals.
  • MLA International Bibliography [Very Comprehensive but not full-text]: A bibliography of journal articles, books and dissertations in the areas of literature collected by the Modern Language Association. The most comprehensive database for in-depth research or more obscure authors.
    • TIP! Use the Interlibrary Loan service to get the full text of these articles.
Finding Books and Media
The Library maintains collections of current and interesting resources suited to your research. From a large print collection to dedicated databases with peer reviewed journal articles, the Library is the go-to place to start your research!

Use the Library Catalog to locate books in the library on your topic:

  • Perform an “All Fields” search using keywords such as “Great Gatsby” or “Great Gatsby” criticism. Word or phrase sThe Library subscribes to many article databases, each suited to different fields and levels of study. If you are away from campus, you will need to access these databases through Ocean Connect and the Library Services Tab.
    • Bloom’s Literature [Start Here]: Examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature. Also includes biographies of authors, themes in works, and overviews.
    • Gale Literary Sources [Comprehensive Full Text with Biography and Criticism]: Combining Gale literary sources, this database lets you search primary sources, critical articles, literary and cultural analysis, and biographies. Includes digital scans of the Reference Compilations located in the library.
    • Literary Reference Center [A good Source for Literary Criticism]: A full-text database that combines information from over 1,000 books and monographs, major literary encyclopedias and reference works, and hundreds of literary journals.
    • MLA International Bibliography [Very Comprehensive but not full-text]: A bibliography of journal articles, books and dissertations in the areas of literature collected by the Modern Language Association. The most comprehensive database for in-depth research or more obscure authors.
      • TIP! Use the Interlibrary Loan service to get the full text of these articles.

    earches will search the entire records of all the items in the catalog, including author, title, and subject areas. The call number identifies its location in the library.

WorldCat is an online catalog of over 10,000 libraries worldwide. Find books in other local libraries. Use WorldCat to find what has been published on a subject and use the OCC Inter-Library Loan Service to get it!

Interlibrary Loan is a way to have materials sent to the OCC campus from other libraries. Requested journal articles can be delivered electronically to your email. Use the link on the library webpage. It’s free, easy to use, and can be done completely online!

eBooks are available through the OCC Library Databases. To access them, log into Ocean Connect and click on the tab for Library Services. The link “search for eBooks” (near the top) will open the EBSCOhost eBooks database. We have over 17,000 eBooks on literature and criticism.

A Database is a searchable collection of information. In library research, a database is where you find journal, newspaper, magazine articles, and more. Each database contains thousands of articles which can be searched for with keywords and subject terms.

Literary Criticism is the art of evaluating or analyzing works of art or literature (merriamwebster.com).

Literary Theory and Schools of Criticism are the different lenses that critics use to view, discuss, and analyze works of literature. They allow critics to focus on a particular aspect of a work they find important. For a good overview check out the Purdue OWL. Examples are Eco-Criticism, Feminist, Marxist, New Historicism, Post-Colonial, Postmodern, and Psychoanalytic.

Search Tips
  • Works in Translation can pose an issue to researchers. You may need to find out if there are multiple spellings of an author’s name or multiple translations of the title.
    • For Example: The Chinese Classical Novel His-yu Chi, translated as Journey to the West, has also been published as Monkey: A Folk-Tale of China. The author’s name may be spelled as “Wu Chen’en” or “Wu Cheng’en.”
  • Quotation marks will force the search engine to search for your exact phrase (or title). Example: “Death of a Salesman”
    • If you were interested in the theme of the “American Dream” in Miller’s play, you might enter a search like “Death of a Salesman” AND “American dream” to narrow the number of results to only those on the theme you are interested in.
  • Truncation and Wildcards can be used to expand your search when words may have slightly different spelling. Remember that databases will often search for an exact match.
    • Truncation is adding an asterisk to the end of a stem word in order to retrieve multiple variations. For example, the search child* will retrieve using terms such as child, children, childhood.
    • Wildcards is using a question mark or exclamation point within a word to retrieve different spellings, such as wom?n for women and woman and col?r for color and colour.
Quick Reference – Print Reference Compilations
Print Reference Compilations: These collections can be found in the reference section on the first floor of the library. They are full of scholarly criticism for many authors. NOTE: An author will typically appear in many different volumes, check the index in the back of the books to find out which volumes and pages you need.


Example of Index Reference: Tolkien, J R R 1892-1973: CLC 1, 2, 3, 8, 12, 38; TCLC 137


CLC: Contemporary Literary Criticism
TCLC: Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism
NCLC: Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism
LC: Literature Criticism from 1400-1800
CMLC: Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism
SSC: Short Story Criticism

TIP! The many articles in these volumes can be found as PDF scans in the Gale Literary Sources database, but it can be easier to browse articles in the print volumes first. For example, the TCLC 137 volume listed above contains an author biography and 18 essays on his works!
TIP! Don’t forget to check out Library Catalog for books of criticism on your author.
Saving Your Results in Gale Literary Sources
If you accessed the databases through Ocean Connect then your Save Folder is already integrated with your OCC OneDrive!
Click the More button and My Folder to see the articles you’ve saved. You can then download your citations with Citation Tools, or send a copy to your Google Drive or OneDrive.
Ocean Connect will have already logged you into the OneDrive provided by OCC. To access the OneDrive go to your Ocean Connect Homepage.
Note: This will work with all Gale Databases.
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