These databases have special features designed specifically to help you search for criticism on literary works.
These collections have very few special search features, but they do allow you to search for the word(s) you want throughout the entire text of all the articles in the collection.
These databases aren't specific to literature, but they are important in related fields and may be of use.
In the databases, you can search for a particular work rather than an author.
Some databases (especially MLA International Bibliography) allow you to specify that you are searching for the title of a work.
Use Name of Work to look for criticism on a a work of literature (for instance, Beloved).
This gets you everything MLA has about the work, and only results related to that work.
There are some circumstances in which Person--About works better:
Note that it's "person" instead of "author" -- you can also use this search for directors, illustrators, or others who contributed to a work.
If there are too many results, you can add a Keyword. It's a good idea to look at the headings of the results you have already retrieved when choosing keywords. In MLA especially, I would advise you to brainstorm as many keywords as you can related to the idea you want. Join them together using the word OR.