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ENGL 153 Studies in Narrative

English Literature Databases



MLA International Bibliography is a comprehensive database for finding scholarly journal articles in the field of language and literature as well as finding book articles/chapters, or critical essays, in edited books. Articles which are not available in full-text and books which are not in the OC Library may be requested.

Use  Gale Literary Sources to find full-text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines, critical essays previously published in edited books, and biographical-critical essays from the Dictionary of Literary Biography series.

Results may be filtered by selecting limit to: peer reviewed but this excludes any journal article or book essay reprinted in the Gale series of collected criticism.

Example of essay originally published in a book: 

Rowe, Joyce. "Holden Caulfield and American Protest." Originally published in New Essays on The Catcher in the Rye, Cambridge University Press, 1991, pp. 77-95.

Example of bio-critical essay in the Dictionary of Literary Biography series:

French, Warren. "J(erome) D(avid) Salinger." American Novelists Since World War II: Fifth Series, edited by James R. Giles and Wanda H. Giles, Gale, 1996. Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 173.


JSTOR archives and provides access to archival and current full-text issues of more than 1,400 scholarly journals across more than 50 academic disciplines and also includes academic books.

For example:

Advanced Search:

shakespeare AND romeo and juliet AND adolescence



Google Scholar

Search for journal articles, conference papers, and other scholarly works from a variety of sources. Look for the Get it from OC link to connect directly to the item you want, via the OC Library.

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Book Reviews vs. Criticism

“Book reviews are usually written shortly after a book is published and discuss it as a whole, from the perspective of whether it is worth reading or acquiring. They appear in magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals for the specific purpose of keeping their readers up-to-date on books likely to be of interest to them. Similarly, … film reviews follow openings and help audiences decide what to attend. Criticism, unlike reviews, is usually written some period of time after the work is made public…. Critical books or articles often focus on specific aspects or themes in a book [or] film ….” 


(Baker, Nancy L. and Nancy Huling. A Research Guide for Undergraduate Students: English and American Literature. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2006, p. 45)

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