If you want to find articles that focus on a specific writer and his/her works, including criticism and reviews, try one of these subject-specific databases:
When searching for topics that cross disciplines (such as the social or political conditions of America during the time of Hawthorne), it is often best to start with a multidisciplinary database that includes resources from many different academic fields. Here are some good starting places.
If your searching for a topic, consider browsing American-literature journals to see the current scholarly conversations. Click Explore Journals below.