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


Welcome! This library research guide provides an introduction to library resources related to finding book reviews and literary criticism, using both the library's resources as well as those available online; the tab titled "Other Types of Reviews" offers assistance on finding art, film, music, and theatre reviews as well.


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Book Reviews vs. Literary Criticism

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A book review is

"1 : a descriptive and critical or evaluative account of a book
2 : a newspaper supplement or magazine devoted chiefly to book reviews"
Book reviews are usually published soon after a book is released and tend to be shorter and less scholarly than literary criticism. They generally offer the reviewer's opinion on the book's overall quality and significance, and provide purchasing details.

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Literary criticism is:

"the reasoned consideration of literary works and issues [and] the interpretation of meaning and the judgment of quality."

Literary criticism is a scholarly study of literature which seeks to examine, evaluate, and interpret works of literature. Unlike book reviews, literary criticism generally offers a more in-depth analysis and can be written at any point in time, whether the book is one year old or one thousand years old.



Text: Crews, Frederick C. "Literary Criticism." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2014, Accessed 21 Apr. 2018.

Text: "Book Review." Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2018.

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