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NC Live is available from any computer with internet access; you can use it at all Gaston County Public Libraries or at home with your library card number.

The Books and Literature section of contains two databases that feature literary criticism:
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  • ABC-CLIO e-Book Collection includes the series “Critical Companions to Popular Contemporary Writers” and the “Student Casebooks” series. Search by author’s name.
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Finding Books at the Library


Search the library Catalog by:

  • Subject for author’s name (last name first)
    • “Poe, Edgar Allan”
    • “Shakespeare, William”
  • Keyword for author’s name
    • “Edgar Allan Poe”
    • “William Shakespeare”
  • Keyword for literary terms
    • “Harlem Renaissance”
    • “Elizabethan Drama”
Gale Criticism Sets

Start your research with the online index to literary criticism sets published by Gale.
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However, the index will include volumes and sets that the library does not own. See the following list to view the sets and volumes owned by the Gaston County Public Library:

Literature Criticism Resources in Reference Area

  • R810.9 AME LC. American Writers (Scribners) + Supplements.
  • R810.9896 AFR LC. African American Writers (Scribners). Volumes 1 – 2.
  • R820.9 BRI LC. British Writers (Scribners) + Supplements.
  • R809.04 C. Contemporary Literary Criticism. Volumes 1 – 269.
    • Missing: 21 – 24.
  • R809.04 T. Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. Volumes 1 – 128.
    • Missing: 87 – 90.
  • R928 C. Contemporary Authors. Volumes 1 – 257.
    • Missing: 177 – 180; 237 – 256.
  • R928.1 DIC. Dictionary of Literary Biography. Volumes 1 – 368.
    • Missing: 26, 53, 214 – 219.

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