Using Google for searches is fast, fun and usually gives you tons of results. However, when you are searching for specific critical articles about works of literature, you will discover that using online databases is a better way to find exactly what you need. Often, the articles you need are only available for a fee; because you are a VHS student, you can access these articles for free from our online subscription databases. In some cases, your teacher will require you to use database resources only, so this is another good reason for learning how to find articles within the resources provided by your school library.
When you do locate criticism resources using Google, make sure that the article you decide to use is not someone's opinion (like a blog or wiki) but is instead actual factual information backed up by research and citations.~Lori Franklin, Olathe East High School.
Literary criticism is NOT found on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, Wikipedia, or Spark Notes, etc.
How do I access the databases from home?
1. Select either the Word or PDF file from the links below.
2. When asked for a password ask Ms. Lopez or think of cheering on your mascot :).
3. Once open you will have a list of all database usernames and passwords.