The following annual publications provide narrative, analytic, and evaluative overviews of scholarly work published on specific authors or topics within a given year. They can be very helpful in identifying trends in critical discussion.
An annual selective, evaluative survey of important studies, editions, biographies, and reference works in American literature. Online coverage: 1998-. Print holdings (1963-2003) are in the Reference Collection. REF Z 1225 .A43
Narrative bibliography which selectively records and evaluates scholarship on English, American, and some other literatures, written in English. Coverage of American literature began in vol. 35 (for 1954); African, Caribbean, and Canadian literature in English began in vol. 63 (for 1982); Australian, New Zealand, and Indian literature began in vol. 64 (for 1983); South Pacific literature began in vol. 81 (2000).