The Literary Criticism, Book Reviews and Biographies guide will assist you in finding critical material on various literary subjects in the library. Use the individual tabs to search for sources in specific literature areas. If you simply want to browse the shelves, here are some broad call number areas to peruse both in Reference on the second floor and in the Circulating collection on the third floor.
General Literature including film - PN
American Literature including plays and novels - PS
English Literature including plays and novels - PR
General Fiction - PZ
Literary criticism can be located using several sources. Criticisms of significant literary works can be found in the online catalog by conducting a Subject search on the title of a work or on an author’s name, typing the last name first.
Print Reference Sources
The books listed below are just a sample of what is available in the literature section of the reference collection on the second floor.
Excerpts of critical reviews of modern works; continued online in Gale Literary Databases
Excerpts of critical reviews on poems and poets; continued online by Literature Criticism Online
Coverage from 1940-1996; excerpts of reviews from major NY publications
Databases are online collections of materials such as journal articles, images, sound recordings and even entire books. The Literature Databases provide numerous online sources for literary criticisms. The Literary Index provides references to print criticisms in the library's Reference collection. The Index will provide the name of the resource, the volume and the page number for criticisms of a particular work.
Poetry by African-Americans from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Poems by American poets from colonial times to early 20th century.
Collection of British poetry from 8th century to 1900.
20th century poetry collection.
Search Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism and Dictionary of Literary Biography.
Online journal archive.
Poetry, fiction and plays by leading Latino authors from the 20th century.
Index to literary criticisms and author's biographies in the Reference department.
Search Poetry Criticism, Drama Criticism, 19th century Literature Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism, Short Story Criticism.
Access numerous literary resources in one search.
Collection of Shakespeare's works, reference materials, criticisms and journal articles.
Book reviews can be located using print and online sources.
Book Review Digest, a print source located in Reference at call number Ref. Z1219 C95, will provide excerpts of reviews.
The New York Times newspaper is an excellent source for book reviews. The full text is available online with indexing for the years 1851 to 2012 through the Historical New York Times database. Current issues and indexing are available online also through InfoTrac Custom Newspapers. The print index is located in reference and covers the years 1950 to 2009. The library has the newspaper for these years available on microfilm.
Reviews in Periodicals
A list of the library's literary periodicals can be found by searching the library catalog using the subject search literature periodicals. Articles on specific subjects are located using an index like the two listed below. Simply look up the subject and note the citation information for the individual article.
Provides citations to journal articles and book reviews
Print index shelved in Reference.
The library does not subscribe to all the journals indexed in the Literature Index so check the online catalog to be sure the library has the journal you need.
The first step in locating biographical information is to conduct a Subject search in the library's online catalog for materials about the person. Remember to put the last name first. If you are looking for materials the person wrote, use an Author search, again typing the last name first.
Next, check online sources such as the encyclopedias and reference works accessible through General Reference Databases located on the library website. Just click on the Database tab then the appropriate subject area. Databases in individual subject areas, such as Film, Dance or History, will provide in-depth articles about a particular person and their context within that subject.
The print sources listed below are in the Reference collection. They provide general biographical information in multi-volume encyclopedic sets. Each has an index.
Coverage from 1940 to present
International coverage of notable historical figures
Covers famous American figures from all walks of life