Researching Literary Criticism

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Journal Databases & Digital Collections

MLA (Modern Language Association) International Bibliography
A major database for world literature, covering all areas of modern literatures, languages, folklore, and linguistics. It includes scholarly journals, book chapters, and reviews.

Literature Resource Centre
Includes critical and literary analysis, as well as biographical and contextual information.

Literature Criticism
A comprehensive, scholarly collection of books and articles pertaining to different authors, works, and periods in literature. It contains contemporary and historical analysis derived from books, journals, magazines, broadsheets, pamphlets, diaries, and newspapers.

Bibliographies

A bibliography is a list of the books of an author or publisher, or on a specific subject. A bibliography about a particular author lists books and articles which discuss his or her work.

Oxford Bibliographies

Oxford Bibliographies is a collection of discipline-based subject guides. Each guide lists annotated citations of books and articles about an author and his or her work.

Finding Other Bibliographies

Use the advanced search option in LibrarySearch to find a print or online bibliography of a specific novel or author.

  1. In the drop-down menu, select Subject and enter the name of the author and the word bibliography (for instance, Pratt, Edwin bibliography).
  2. To find most recently published books, under Sort by select Datenewest.

Books

Use the advanced search option in LibrarySearch to find books and article that discuss an author’s work.

Finding Criticism Regarding a Particular Author

  1. Enter the name of the author (for instance, E.J. Pratt)
  2. In the drop-down menu, select Subject and enter the author's name, beginning with his or her last name (such as Pratt, Edwin John).
  3. Once you have executed the search, navigate to the list of filters on the left-hand side. 
  4. Select Criticism and InterpretationHistory and CriticismInfluenceLiterary Criticism and other other topics that are relevant to your research.
  5. Select Apply Filters
  6. To find most recently published books, under Sort by select Datenewest.

Finding Criticism Regarding a Particular Novel or a Poem

  1. In the drop-down menu, select Subject and enter the name of the author as well as the title of a novel or a poem (for instance, Pratt, Edwin John Brébeuf and his brethren).
  2. To find most recently published books, under Sort by select Datenewest.

Additional Research Resources

Other major research resources (including journal databases and digital collections) in the field Literature are listed on the University of Toronto Libraries website.

updated by: Agatha Barc

Last updated: April 13, 2021