North Hall Library


Reviews & Criticism

Book Reviews vs. Literary Criticism

What's the Difference?

Almost any book can have a book review published about it, although not every book does. There are book reviews of both fiction and nonfiction, both scholarly and popular works. Book reviews may vary in length from a few sentences to several pages. Literary criticism is a more in-depth analysis of the work in question, including more interpretation and evaluation.

Resources for Literary Criticism

Resources for Book Reviews

Not all book reviews are the same. Short reviews, from sources like "Library Journal", "Choice", "Kirkus", "Publisher's Weekly", "Booklist", and others, may not contain enough information for your assignment. Instead, look for reviews that are over 500 words long.


Book Review Index & Book Review Digest
Reference Room, 2nd Floor North
Great for older books.

Subject Librarian

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Holly Jackson

112 North Hall Library
Mansfield University
Mansfield, PA 16933

Librarian for: African American Studies, English, First Year Experience, History, international students, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Student Success Services, World Languages

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