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Literary Criticism & Research (Professor Hofer)

This research guide is for Professor Matthew Hofer's literature classes.

Getting Articles & Books

"Find @ UNM" button beneath the citation

Use the "Find @ UNM" button to see if we have the full text.  

"View full text" link for full article or "Request It" for interlibrary loan

Use the "View Full Text" link to access the article.  If there isn't one, you can click the "Request It" button to request the full text via interlibrary loan.  Interlibrary loan is free for you as a student.  Requested articles arrive electronically in about 2 days.  Books get send via mail, so you'll need to plan ahead -- usually within 10 business days. 


Finding Books


To find books, choose the "books only" link and enter your search term.  This link searches what UNM has and what other libraries have.  This is useful because you can order these from interlibrary loan via the "request it" link.  Books are almost always sent through the mail (*not* as an e-book), so plan on at least 10 business days.  

"Books Only" tab with search bar


For this class, you'll want to make sure your research from books has been edited.  Here are some general guidelines to help you determine if it is an edited edition.  If you're unsure, ask your professor.  

  • Does it have multiple authors? or different authors for each chapter? 
  • Was it published by a university press? 
  • Is an editor listed?  

To find out this information, click the "View description" link in the book record.  Examples are below. 

Publication info says "new York University Press" and there are chapter titles in the "contents" field

Author field sometimes lists "editors"


Finding Articles


These databases are the best bets for finding secondary sources (also sometimes called scholarship, criticism, research) on literature.  You'll want to find articles that are peer-reviewed (also sometimes called "academic," "scholarly," or "refereed") or that are books or chapters from books that are edited.  


While most articles in these databases will be peer-reviewed, not all of them are.  In most of these databases, you can limit your results to "peer-reviewed articles" or just "articles".  You'll want to avoid "reviews" and "dissertations" because they are not peer-reviewed.  If you are unsure, ask your instructor or a librarian.