Although many book reviews are written by scholars, book reviews are generally not considered scholarly sources. This is because they are often brief discussions or overviews of a work and not in depth analysis.
Literary criticism involves in depth analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of literary work(s). Will include extensive bibliography and engagement with other secondary and scholarly sources.
The library subscribes to several databases that specialize in literary criticism. In them you can find scholarly articles, reviews, books chapters, dissertations, and much more. The most important ones are:
Pro tip: Consider searching interdisciplinary (e.g., JSTOR, Google Scholar, Academic Search Premier) or history databases to find additional sources relevant to your literary research.
The library has a lot of books that contain literary criticism. The benefit of a book that contains literary criticism is that you can find anthologies with perspectives from different scholars on a given work or author and you can also find criticism from one author but on a variety of themes or issues relevant to a work or author.
To find books about a particular author or literary work, subject searching in Library Search will provide you with more focused results (than doing a basic keyword search). A subject search allows you to search just the subject headings that have been assigned to a book that describes what it is about.
To do a subject search you'll need 2 things:
Here are a few examples of subject searches for literary criticism in Library Search using Library of Congress subject terminology and the su: prefix:
Books are generally reviewed near the date of publication or within the first two years after publication. To locate a book review, you'll need to know the author and title of the book, and sometimes the year of publication.
Keep in mind that the database MLA Bibliography does not include book reviews. Use these databases instead: