VCE English & Literature guide - units 3 & 4

Guide to research and literary criticism of current VCE English and Literature texts

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VCE English & Literature
Craig Hildebrand-Burke & Andrew McConville

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This guide identifies reviews and analyses of novels, short stories, poetry, plays, non-fiction and films on the current Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English and Literature units 3 and 4.

While there is a specific focus on the VCE units 3 and 4, English and Literature texts the content will be helpful to anyone looking for hints on reading and responding to texts, or seeking links to commentaries, criticisms and plot overviews.

The Library subscribes to many literature databases giving access to a wide range of high quality journal articles and other publications. 

Many of these databases contain the full text of articles, but some provide citations for articles.The Library catalogue can then be searched to find the journals referred to in the citations. 

See Researching literature online tab for guidance on accessing and searching our databases and also for further detail on citations.

State Library Victoria membership

To access much of the online information you will need a State Library Victoria membership. This is free and you can join online. There is no membership card. You will receive a member number.

Accessing full-text from links on this guide

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VCE English & Literature Online Tutorial

Also see our full series of Senior Secondary Online Tutorials

Learn skills


Check our ergo site for practical guides to researching assignments, writing essays and studying for exams.

There's also plenty of examples that clearly show you how to apply your new skills.

There are videos of authors and academics who share their research, writing and study tips.

Online learning

For more on locating and using information and developing research skills, see these online courses. You can work through each module or dip in and out for the information you need.

VCE guides

See also our Introduction to the Library guide

Literature databases

Use the topic tabs at the top of this guide for instruction on using the most appropriate database.

If you live in Victoria register to access these databases from home.

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