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Book Reviews and Literary Criticism
Book reviews are critiques of the work written contemporaneously with the publication of the book being reviewed; they are a good way to assess the original reception of the work under consideration. Literary criticism, on the other hand, continues long after the original publication.
Databases and Indexes
Book Review Digest Plus
Book Review Digest Plus is a library tool that brings together book reviews on a wide range of topics, from a variety of sources.
Provides full-text access to older issues of seminal scholarly journals.
MLA International Bibliography
The index for literature. Search MLA to find literary criticism, book reviews, and just about anything relating to communication.
Provides full-text access to all journals published by the Johns Hopkins University Press, including recent publications.
ProQuest One Literature
Literary criticism, authors' biographies, reference resources with citations. PQ1L provides useful information for researching literature. Includes the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL), which has scholarly book reviews.
Readers' Guide Retrospective
Beginning in 1890, the Reader’s Guide is one of the most comprehensive places to locate articles from popular periodicals. The database extends through 1982.
Background & Reference Information
Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism
A full-text searchable database of articles on individual critics and theorists, critical and theoretical schools and movements, and the critical and theoretical innovations of specific countries and historical periods.
Encyclopedia of Literature and Criticism
Covers both traditional topics such as literature and history, poetry, drama and the novel, and also newer topics such as the production and reception of literature.
Sample Library of Congress Subject Headings
Shows all the records in the library catalog with this subject heading.
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