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Literature in English

Browse library materials for the study of literature in English

Databases of Fiction Reviews

Book Reviews

Contemporary Reviews (Historical)

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.


image of search screen for book reviews

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


image of narrowing search results to Reviews

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

In addition to searching UC Library Search, you can also do this process on the following databases:

Search Tips

Try adding these keywords to your search:

  • "contemporary reviews"
  • "reception history"
  • reception
  • "critical edition"
  • "treatment in criticism"
  • "treatment in book review"