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Taking It Laying Down:
Jackman Scholars-in-Residence 2021

Professor Sarah Dowling

Finding Literary Criticism &
Book Reviews

MLA International Bibliography
Published by the Modern Language Association, it is a major database for world literature, covering all areas of modern literatures. It includes academic journal articles, book chapters, and reviews of books.

Literature Resource Centre
Published by Gale (an educational publishing company that creates online research tools), it is a comprehensive database for literary studies. It contains popular and scholarly books reviews, academic articles, magazine articles, authors’ biographies, and summaries of novels.

Book Review Index
Full-text reviews of fiction (including literary and genre-specific novels) and nonfiction from scholarly journals, popular magazines, and newspapers.

Global Newsstream
Full-text reviews of fiction (including literary and genre-specific novels) and nonfiction from both popular magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other news publications. The Canadian Newsstream provides access to English-language Canadian periodicals.

A single integrated search platform for books, articles, reviews, and other sources. It provides links to full texts of ebooks and journal articles.

LibrarySearch will allow you to locate additional reviews, articles, books, and biographies that are not included in the other research tools outlined in this guide.

Additional Resources

University of Toronto Writing Centre has a useful advice file on writing annotated bibliographies.

Other major research resources are listed on the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) website by discipline and specific topics, including:

In-Class Assignment

Consult the in-class activity to review the appropriate research skills and strategies for completing this project.

Research Guidance

  • online reference service
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created by: Agatha Barc | updated: 3 May 2021