Bloom’s Literature Guide

The Bloom’s Literature is database that will help you find critical analysis essays about pieces of literature, as well as articles about authors. It also contains writing guides that can be very helpful when you are writing about authors and literature. Click here for more details on databases and general database search techniques.

Bloom’s Literature should NOT require a password. If you try the link below and it asks for a State Library of Kansas library card number please stop by the OE library for help.

Searching in Bloom’s Literature

I like the critical analysis parts of this database, but it’s not as easy to limit your results.  If you are looking for sources related to a specific piece of work you should probably begin by searching for your author and title simultaneously first- and then narrow/limit your results.

Here are screenshots to help you with your search process in Blooms Literature if you are looking for literary criticism about a specific piece of literature.

  • First: enter author name and at least part of the title of work
  • To narrow (AKA “limit”) results use category tabs above search results
  • Further limit within a category using right sidebar source types
  • if you want literary criticism only select that as “content type”

Essay writing help in Bloom’s Literature

This database has a source category called “How to Write About…” which gives you great analysis and tips on writing essays about particular authors and their works.  To locate these articles:

  • Begin on the homepage– do not search for anything
  • Select click “How to Write About” in the right sidebar

Once you are in the “How to Write About” section you can navigate using the sidebar menus:

  • Author: use dropdown menu to select an author
  • Literary element: select topic category
  • General help with writing literary analysis by section

Literary Reference Center includes more source types– like magazines.  Here’s a screenshot of how to limit your results to a particular type of original publication:

MLA Formatting and Works Cited Resources

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