Quotation marks: Use these around your keywords for what is called an exact or phrase search. This tool will give you specific (aka fewer) results because it searches for your keywords together. This is a great tool when doing a title search!
Example: "55 miles to the gas pump"
Parentheses: Use these around keywords separated by the word or to expand your search. In the example below, we are searching for (eliot and criti*) as well as (eliot and analy*) in one easy search.
Example: Kincaid (criti* OR analy*)
Asterisk: Use this to shorten a word and search for all possible endings of a root word, ie the search below is searching for critique, criticism, critics, criticize, etc. The asterisk will give you more results.
Example: criti* = critique, critiques, criticism, criticisms, etc.
Books on Literary Criticism
For this assignment, books on literary criticism will be very useful. Try searching with the author's name + criti*:
Then limit to "Subject" on the left and select "Literary Criticism".
Literary Criticism in Academic Journals
Here are a few ways you can formulate a search for literary criticism in academic journals:
Author's name Theme (criti* OR analy*)
Title Author's last name (criti* OR analy*)
Title Theme (criti* OR analy*)
Remember to take advantage of the limiters on the left of your search results to ensure you are getting current resources that you can access!