Loyola Notre Dame Library
Literary Criticism
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To find articles on specific authors and their works, use the DATABASES (available from Library web page www.loyola.edu/library via English/Literature Resources or Databases by Title)

Literary Criticism:
  • MLA Bibliography References to sources on literature, language and film. (1963-pres.)
  • LION Provides text, criticism and biographical information of English and American authors.
Literary Biography/Criticism Additional Useful Resources:
  • JSTOR backfile of scholarly articles on many academic topics including literary criticism.
  • Project Muse Full-text journals in literature, performing arts and other topics.
Book Reviews (use only when you can't find enough criticism in literary journals):
  • New York Times (1999-present) good for contemporary book and film reviews.

  • Use more search options to limit to citations and abstracts, reviews or specific dates.
  • New York Times (1851-1998) for reviews of works published during this times period.
    Use more search options to limit to citations and abstracts, reviews or specific dates.
  • Reader's Guide Retrospective (1890-1982): limit to date book was published
  • Academic Search Premier general database that covers a variety of topics including book and film reviews.

  • Book Review Digest (Indexes and Abstracts -- Range 108)

  • Book Review Index (Indexes and Abstracts -- Range 109)

Searching the Databases:
  • Formulate a thesis question on which your research will be centered
  • Search a relevant database using keywords or search by subject when appropriate.
  • Use AND to find citations containing both keywords: e.g., (symbolism AND Faulkner)
  • Use OR for related terms to search for citations that contain one term OR the other. e.g., (women or feminine)
  • Always put OR phrases in the same search box and enclose with parentheses
  • Use truncation (often the asterisk*) to retrieve similar words with different endings, e.g., spirit* will retrieve, spirits, spiritual, spirituality, etc.
Finding Full-Text: Often the databases will provide citations but not the full-text on an article. When you have a citation and need to find the full-text, try the following steps.
  • use if available in the database to help you find a journal article in another database, in the library catalog, or request it from another library.
If ArticleLinker is not available:
  • Search Electronic Journals (http://www.loyola.edu/library/ejournals_a.htm) to see if a journal is full-text online (search by title of the journal NOT title of the article).
  • Search the Library Catalog (SHARC) to see if a journal is located in our library.
  • Request an article or book from interlibrary loan (ILL) if not full-text online or in the library. (use the Request forms on the library's home page)


  • SHARC: library catalog which has references to books by and about authors.
    The library catalog is shared by 3 other libraries. Use the request tab at the top of the page to request a book from one of these other libraries (24-48 hour turn around).
  • If you can't find a book in the library catalog, you can request it through ILL.

  • WorldCat worldwide catalog of books and other materials. Useful for finding the table of contents for short story collections.
Selected Reference Books (located on first floor in Reference Section)
Contemporary Literary Criticism (PN771.C59)
Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism (PN761.N5 1981)
Poetry Criticism (PN1010.P499 1991)
Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism (PN771.G27)

See also English/Literature Resource Page: www.loyola.edu/library/ref/english.htm

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