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Literature Book Reviews and English Department Book Orders




  • The purpose of the libguide is to provide Salem State English Department faculty with a searchable repository of scholarly book reviews of highly recommended literary criticisms and literary biographies. 
  • It will show which books have been ordered, and the status of the orders.

Selection Criteria

  • The list only includes books that are highly recommended in library book review sources, reputable newspapers, and scholarly journals. 

Sources of reviews

  • Library databases
    • Academic Source Premier
    • Project MUSE
    • Book Index with Reviews
    • GOBI Acquisitions Database
      • GOBI provides Spotlight Lists.
      • Multiple lists were consulted within GOBI for award winners, EBSCO subject lists, and special themes
  • Review Sources
    • Choice Reviews
    • New York Times Book Review
    • New York Review of Books
    • Times Literary Supplement 
    • Booklist
    • Publishers Weekly
    • Women's Review of Books
    • BookMarks
  • Publisher Catalogs
    • Modern Language Association
    • Cambridge University Press
    • Oxford University Press
    • Norton
    • American Psychological Association
    • Palgrave Macmillan
    • bedford/st. martin's
    • Harvard University Press
    • Yale University Press
    • Princeton University Press
    • University of Chicago Press
    • Duke University Press
    • Johns Hopkins University Press
    • Edinburgh University Press
    • Bloomsbury Academic
  • Journals
    • The Modern Language Review
    • Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme
    • Victorian Studies
    • The Writing Center Journal
    • Modern Fiction Studies
    • American Quarterly
    • African Studies Review
    • The Journal of Asian Studies
    • Studies in the Novel
    • Renaissance Quarterly
    • Notes and Queries
    • Journal of Latin American Studies
    • Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature








Questions and Suggestions

Additional Information

  • I will be researching book reviews continuously and revising this list.
  • I welcome suggestions about review sources not included here.
  • Please let me know if I have overlooked any areas.
  • Also, if the organization is confusing or incorrect, please let me know. 

Thank you so much for your assistance!

Nancy Dennis, Library Liaison for English, Interdisciplinary Studies, Economics, and Criminal Justice with suggestions.