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Creative Writing: Criticism & Reviews

Books on Writers & Writing

For books on writers & writing, search these subject headings in the Libraries' Classic Catalog:

  • Creative Writing
  • Fiction--Authorship
  • Fiction--Technique
  • Prose Literature--Authorship
  • Poetry--Authorship
  • Poetry--Technique
  • Poetics


To find criticism in academic journals, use these databases:

  • MLA International Bibliography
    The premier database for literary criticism & theory. To improve your search skills, see these tutorials, produced by MLA:

    A collection of scholarly journals with searchable full text.

  • Project MUSE
    High quality journals from major university presses.

To find criticism in books, search author or title, plus the keyword "criticism" in these library catalogs:

  • Scout simultaneously searches the Libraries' catalog, 90+ databases, and some free Internet resources (includes scholarly articles).
  • The Libraries' Catalog is a traditional catalog of library holdings: print and electronic books, films, sound recordings, musical scores, government documents, and more (no articles).
  • WorldCat is a comprehensive catalog of books and other library materials in more than 9,000 locations worldwide.


Library Resources:

  • Scout
    Search by author or title and limit to "Reviews" in the "Source Type" menu.

  • Book Review Index
    Reviews of books, periodicals, books on tape, and electronic media.

  • Book Review Digest Plus 
    Reviews of English-language fiction and nonfiction books from 1983 to the present.

  • Book Review Digest Retrospective 
    Reviews of English-language fiction and nonfiction books from 1905 to 1982.

  • JSTOR 
    Includes reviews (unlike MLA)

Internet Resources:

  • Rain Taxi
    "reviews of new fiction, poetry, nonfiction, comics, art, drama, children's and YA books, as well as interviews with authors, essays, and more.
  • Small Press Distribution (SPD)
    News & reviews relating to 450+ independent presses.