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English: Reference, History & Criticism

Reference Works

Oxford Reference Online Oxford subject encyclopedias; search authors, terms, works

Oxford English Dictionary  THE dictionary of English

Oxford Companion to English Literature  

The Cambridge Guide to English Literature

Literary Criticism Articles

Searching For Books

Finding Literary Criticism

In the catalog, try a subject heading search for "author's name and criticism" without the quotes.  (See for example Subject Heading: Morrison, Toni--criticism.)  Books written on specific works will have their own subheading (Subject Heading Faulkner, William, 1897-1962. Light in August.).

You might also check to see if a bibliography has been published on the author you're researching.  To find these, try "author's name and bibliography" as a keyword search (Faulkner, William, 1897-1962--bibliography).

Short Story Criticism-  Reference book    PN3373 .S56 VOL.1-67 

Finding Book Reviews

Book reviews appear immediately after a book's initial publication, and anytime up to several years after that.

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