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ENGL 425: contemporary British/Postcolonial Literature: General Information
This guide is designed to highlight resources that are available for students writing papers and doing research about this genre of literature.
Finding literary criticism on works written by recent authors can be difficult. If the authors are non-American or non-European, it can get very difficult. Here are some tips if you are having difficulty finding criticism.
Scholarly publishing takes time. If a novel were written recently (within a few years), there won't be any scholarly criticism. Try searching for book reviews. Most book reviewers are fairly knowledgeable about literature and can have useful insights about a work.
Try searching only the author, or only the title.
Search international news sources (NexisUni) for book reviews.
Don't be afraid to use books describing the author's writing style, even if the novel you are analyzing isn't mentioned.
If you are having difficulty finding criticism, come to the library and work with the librarians.
This search displays, by title, the library's holdings for over 94,000 periodicals, including scholarly journals, popular magazines, and newspapers (such as Science, Time, and The Wall Street Journal).
JSTOR is a collection of full text scholarly journals in a wide variety of subject areas, providing entire backfiles of key journals. Campbell has access to JSTOR Arts and Sciences I through VIII and XI, as well as specific collections for Life Sciences, Religion and Theology.
MLA International Bibliography is a bibliography of journal articles, books and dissertations. Produced by the Modern Language Association, the electronic version of the Bibliography dates back to 1963 and contains over 1.5 million citations from more than 4,400 journals and series and 1,000 book publishers. Online Tutorial