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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 Start Your Search or other humanities and newspaper databases.
  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.

Example:
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.

Browse by Subject Headings (OskiCat)

Search Tips

Try adding these keywords to your search:

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