Literary Criticism and Books Reviews - Select Resources for Research
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All books listed below are located in the San Marcos library 2nd floor Reference area



REF PS129 A55

American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies

Includes essays on 97 American writers with biographies, analysis, and criticism.


REF PN771 C59

Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC)

Provides excerpts from criticism of the works of novelists, poets, and playwrights.


REF PR821 C7

Critical Survey of Long Fiction


REF PN3321 C7

Critical Survey of Short Fiction


REF PN86 E63 1999

Encyclopedia of Literary Critics and Criticism

Entries on individuals, theories and approaches, and literature concepts.


REF PS221 C8 1969

Library of Literary Criticism: Modern American Literature

Includes excerpts of criticism.


REF PN700 L5

Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800 (LC)

Critical discussion of works of novelists, poets, and playwrights from 1400 to 1700.


REF PN44 M342 1996

Masterplots: 1,801 Plot Stories and Critical Evaluations of the World’s Finest Literature




REF PR623 C75 1985

Critical Survey of Drama


REF PN6112.5 M37 1990

Masterplots II: Drama Series


REF PN44 M35

1300 Critical Evaluations of Selected Novels and Plays




REF PR502 C85 1982

Critical Survey of Poetry

Critical analysis of principal works of 340 English language poets.


REF PN1111 P63

Poetry Criticism

Excerpts of critical evaluation on poets from various nationalities, eras, and movements.




REF PN44 M355

Magill’s Literary Annual

Yearly volumes provide essay reviews of books published that year.


REF Z1219 C95

Book Review Digest, 1905-present

An annual index to summarized reviews of books found in 70 periodicals. Entries are by author, with a subject and title index as well. Search in the volume for the year the book was published and if it is not listed, look in volumes for the next one or two years. Ask a librarian for assistance.


REF PN846 M37 1986

Masterplots II: American Fiction Series


REF PN3326 .M27 1986

Masterplots II: Short Story Series


REF PN761 N5

Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism (NCLC)

Excerpts from criticism of writers who died between 1800 and 1899.


REF PN771 G27 T8

Twentieth Century Literary Criticism (TCLC)

Criticism of novelists, poets, and playwrights who lived between 1900 and 1999.




REF PQ7081 A1 L37

Latin American Writers

Essays discussing the works of representatives Latin American writers.


REF PQ7081 A1 M29 1994

Masterpieces of Latino Literature

Analyses and critical evaluations of works of fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry.




REF PN1009 Z9 C55

Children’s Literature Review

Critical information on authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults.


Literary criticism and reviews may be found in periodical articles and online databases. The following are particularly useful in locating resources on the topic;



Additional databases may be found at http://www.palomar.edu/library/OnlineDatabases/databases.htm.

Passwords are required for off-campus access http://www.palomar.edu/library/OnlineDatabases/offcampus.htm


Basic internet Search Strategies - Use a directory, subject portal, or search engine to focus your Internet search.   A select list of sites reviewed by Palomar librarians is avaliable at http://www.palomar.edu/library/subjects/literature.htm. Information on evaluating websites can be found at http://www.palomar.edu/library/ResearchAids/SelfHelp.htm#websearching.

Information on Citation Styles – In order to create a bibliography for your research paper, you will need to follow the rules of a specific style.  For a list of styles and information on how to use them, go to http://www.palomar.edu/library/ResearchAids/SubjectGuides/WritingStyles.htm

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