This guide recommends reputable resources and strategies for accessing literature & literary criticism for novels, short stories, poetry, and plays - as well as biographical information on authors. In addition, it offers recommended leisure reading (both fiction & non-fiction) for a wealth of genres and topics selected by the VPL librarians.
Definition of Terms:
Literature - Bodies of work that are a subject of study or analysis - include novels, poetry, plays, drama, and short stories. Literary criticism is the study, evaluation and interpretation of literature.
Fiction- Literature in the form of prose, especially novels, that describe imaginary events and people.
Examples of questions answered in this guide: I am writing a paper on themes examined in ...[novel]. How do I analyze Shakespeare? I am looking for a good science fiction novel to read. How do I find a review for a...[play]?