To find books of criticism on a particular author or work:
Select "Subject" from the drop-down box next to the search box. Because books of criticism on an author are about the author and not by the author, it is best to look at books that use the author as the subject of the work.
Your instructor may tell you to use an essay in a collection (also called a selection from an anthology) as a source. This is an essay by one critic collected in a book with other essays by other critics.
Collections and anthologies are listed in the library’s catalog like other books. The key to identifying them is the Details button. Click the Details button, then click the Catalog Record tab, then find the Title field.
After the title, a name is listed. If this person is listed as an editor, the book is a collection.
A scholar named Harold Bloom has edited many collections of criticism. Do a keyword search in the library’s catalog for your author’s last name plus the words and Bloom (for example, "faulkner and bloom"). You’ll probably find a collection on your author edited by Harold Bloom.
You can also find essays in the MLA International Bibliography (see Finding Articles). Essays are listed as book articles.