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ENG 3060 - Introduction to Literary Study: Home

Use this guide to find scholarly articles in literary criticism.

About This Guide

This guide is designed to help you locate scholarly information about authors and their works. The resources included on this guide cover background information, reviews, literary criticism, and more. All resources listed are available through the Wright State University Libraries print and/or online collections. 

Use the tabs above for searching tips, to discover the best databases to use, how to identify and evaluate sources, and how to cite in MLA style.

For more information about general English Language & Literature resources, visit the English Language & Literature Subject Guide.

Book Reviews vs. Literary Criticism

Book Review

  • Summarizes the primary topics and/or arguments
  • Notes strengths, weaknesses, and any biases noted within the work.
  • Often mentions the author's credentials for writing on the topic.
  • Compares the book to similar titles on the topic.
  • Reviewer provides an opinion on if they liked or disliked the work.

Literary Criticism

  • Focuses on the themes within a work.
  • May examine a particular literary work or it may look at an author's writings as a whole. 
  • Defines, evaluates, analyzes, interprets different literary works.
  • Often influenced by literary theory.

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