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How to Find Book Reviews, Literary Criticism, and Other Reviews

This library research guide provides an introduction to library resources related to finding book reviews and literary criticism.

How to Find Book Reviews/Literary Criticism Articles

If you're looking for newspaper/magazine book reviews of a specific book:
  • Use the OneSearch box on the library homepage at
  • Type in the title of your book. Put the title in quotation marks " " if it is more than one word to search it as a phrase.
  • Click on Book Review in the left-hand column under Content Type.


If you're looking for literary criticism:

Follow the same steps listed above, but also click on Scholarly and Peer-Review under Refine Your Search in the left-hand column. Or you can try a database like Literature Resource Center, which is a great source for literary critiques.

All of the databases listed below will help you find book reviews and/or literary critiques.

When searching for book reviews/literary criticism by a topic, a phrase or an author's name, put quotation marks around it to search for an exact match.

 Example search terms:

"author interview"

"book review"

"literary criticism"

"review article"

"author interview" AND "ray bradbury"

"book review" AND "the great gatsby"

"literary criticism" AND 1984 AND orwell

review AND "pride and prejudice"

(review OR criticism) AND "brave new world"

Best Databases for Book Reviews and Literary Criticism

Off campus? To view the database resources, you will be prompted to enter your SC4 email address and password. Please contact the library if you are having trouble.

E-Journals for Book Reviews and Literary Criticism