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English Composition: Exit West (21:355:102): English Literature Research

This course guide was created specifically for Instructor Emily Caris' Spring 2021 ENG 102 classes.


There are several ways to seek help from a librarian:


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English Literature Research

Please see the boxes below for databases in which you may search for literary criticism, as well as for topics related to English literature.

Gale Literature Resource Center (LRC)

Gale Literature Resource Center (LRC) is a full-text database covering more than 124,000 authors.  In addition to critical analysis of authors and their works, biographies and bibliographies are also included.


A newer novel may not have much literature criticism about it yet, but you may find some of the lengthier reviews useful.



Search Tips:

1) Perform an Advanced Search for:

  • Exit West -- in Name of Work


  • Hamid, Mohsin -- in Person-By or About

2) After looking over the Literature Criticism results, consider looking at Reviews & News


3) Filter Your Results

  • by Subject...
  • Search Within
    • migration
    • refugee
    • family
    • technology
    • magic

4) As you scroll through the results, note the Word Count and consider looking at those that are 1,000 words or more

MLA International Bibliography

MLA International Bibliography includes 2 million citations drawn from 4,400 journals and series and 1,000 book publishers.  It covers criticism and scholarship on literature from around the world.


Search Tips:

Depending on your topic, you may find searching by the following to be helpful:

·         contemporary novel AND refugee

·         contemporary novel AND (famil* OR roman*) AND love

·         AB: modernity AND AB: technology

·         SU: "magic realism

·         SU: "magic realismAND genre

·       SU: "city novel"

·         contemporary novel AND SU: time


Physical Sciences Librarian

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Bonnie Fong
John Cotton Dana Library

185 University Ave

Newark, NJ 07102-1814

(973) 353-3811

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