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Fiction Criticism

Resources in Fiction Criticism at Ball State University Libraries. You can access this guide directly by going to

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These databases index articles and documents from literary criticism journals or index information about writers and their works.  Sometimes you will find the entire document or article in the database. 

For help using the databases, please Ask a Librarian.


If criticism of a particular work is difficult to find, look for general criticism of the author’s works, and apply what you read to the work you are studying.

Interlibrary loan and MultiLink

When searching for articles you will sometimes encounter the MultiLink button. It looks like this: 

The MutliLink button appears in lieu of a link to PDF or HTML full text for some articles in the University Libraries' databases. It signifies that the full tex of the article it accompanies is not available in the database you're searching. There are three possibilities for obtaining the full text: 

  • It is possible that the full text is available in a different database, and you can quickly link to it. 
  • It is possible that the full text is not in any of the Libraries' databases, but it is available in print. 
  • It is possible that the full text is not available at the University Libraries, but it could be obtained through interlibrary loan, though it might take a few days before it is delivered to you. 

The first step is always clicking the MultiLink button. A new page will open in your browser. If the full text is available in a different database, that database's name will appear near the middle of the page under a "view online" heading, like this: 

Click the name of the database. In most cases you will be taken to the article's abstract, which will be accompanied by a link to the full text. 

When the full text is not available at the University Libraries you will see a "how to get it" heading, with a message about signing in to place holds below it. Below that area you will see a "link" heading and a link that says "Request the item with Interlibrary Loan / ILLiad." 

Click the link to begin creating an interlibrary loan request for the article. If you have never signed into your interlibrary loan account before, you will have to complete a one-time registration form. Journal articles are usually delivered electronically, a process that can take several days. You can learn more about the service from our interlibrary loan research guide.