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Literature in English

Browse library materials for the study of literature in English


English H195

Recommended Databases


Notable Bancroft Collections

Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks Papers
Correspondence, scrapbooks, and family papers

Joan Didion

Joan Didion Papers
Manuscripts and correspondence

Jack London

Collection of Jack London Papers
Part of the Thomas W. Norris Collection, letters, manuscripts, and photography

Mark Twain

Mark Twain Papers
Manuscripts of major works, correspondence, and many materials

Learn more about Bancroft collections and how to visit.

Book Reviews

To find contemporary book reviews:

  1. Go to UC Library Search or another humanities or newspaper database.
  2. As a keyword search, enter the name of the author and, if applicable, the title of the novel.
  3. Narrow your results to the date of the book’s publication + a few years forward
  4. Narrow your results to “Reviews” or “Book Reviews" OR narrow your results to newspapers and magazines.

To find reviews of Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse:

  1. Search for: “Virginia Woolf” AND “To the Lighthouse”
  2. Narrow to date range: 1927-1937
  3. Narrow results to “Reviews”.
    1. To evaluate more resource, remove "Reviews" limit and narrow to "Magazines" instead.


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In UC Library Search, enter your keywords and date range.


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From the resulting list, narrow "Resource Type" to "Reviews."

Research How-To


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Stacy Reardon
438 Doe Library
Subjects: Folklore, Literature