Find Book Reviews and Literary Criticism
Book reviews typically offer an opinion of a book’s quality or value rather than an in-depth analysis of the work, and tend to be shorter than literary criticism. Reviews are usually written within a year or two of a book’s publication.
Literary criticism is the scholarly evaluation, explanation, and analysis of literature. It can be written at any time, even centuries after the publication of the literature it critiques. Literary criticism is often found in scholarly journals or books.
- Gather bibliographic information (title, author’s name, date of original publication) for the book you’re researching.
- For reviews, narrow the date range to the years immediately following the book’s publication.
- Some databases will allow you to limit your search to reviews or criticism, so always check the advanced search options.
Where to Search
|Place to Search||Find Reviews...||Find Criticism...||Details|
|…of American and British literature from scholarly sources.|
|Academic Search Complete||
|…of books and literature on all topics from popular and scholarly sources.|
|Literature Resource Center||
|…of all literature from mostly scholarly sources, some popular sources.|
…of all literature from scholarly books and essays.
|MLA International Bibliography||
…of all literature from scholarly sources.
|…of popular books from popular sources.|
|…of scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences from scholarly sources.|
|New York Times Book Reviews||
|…of popular books from The New York Times.|
|Periodical Archives Online||
|…of scholarly books from all disciplines from scholarly sources.|
|…of older popular books from The New York Times.|
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