Course: Eng 102 English Comp II Spring 2009

Professor Patrick King

nighteen eighty-four. 1st ed. cover page

This guide is designed to help you search for literary critiques and reviews about George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-four. It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!



The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.
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Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase

  • Orwell and 1984

Reference Books

  • Library of Literary Criticism: Modern British Literature edited by Ruth Z. Temple. call number: Ref. PR 473 .T4
  • Cambridge Guide to Literature in English by Ian Ousby. call number: Ref.PR 85 .C29 1993
  • Cambridge Guide to English Literature by Michael Stapleton. call number: Ref. PR85 .C28 1983
  • Literary Research Guide: an Annotated Listing of Reference Sources in English Literary Studies by James L. Harner.
call number: Ref. PR83 .H34 1998


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's first floor periodicals section.
  • Contemporary Literature


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.

The Bloomsbury Dictionary of English Literature
The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English
Continuum Encyclopedia of British Literature
Critical Terms for Literary Study
A Dictionary of Literary Symbols
The Edinburgh Encyclopedia of Modern Criticism and Theory

  • Biography Resoruces Center, providing biographical essays of George Orwell, magazine and news articles about his works, and some free links related to him.
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism, collection of full-text literary critques published in journals and other periodicals.
  • Literary Reference Center, providing summary essays related to George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four , such as character profile, literary places, story plot, critical evaluation and bibliography.
  • Academic Search Elite, collection of scholarly information, such as peer-reviewed articles and research articles.
  • Campus Research collection of worldwide newspapers.

Web sites

There are many good [insert topic] web sites on the internet. These web sites have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Lesley Universityhas a very good guide.


Search Engines


Web sites

  • 1984 snapshot

Please click the Ask a Librarian icon if you have any questions concerning these guides, need help finding material for your research or any general questions you might have.

Documenting Source: MLA Style

Articles retrieved from a RCC library's subscription database service.
  1. publication information (Lastname, first name. "article name." periodical name volume.issue: page range.)
  2. database name (Academic Search Premier.)
  3. name of the service (Gale, EBSCOhost, Proquest)
  4. name and location of the library where you retrieved the source (Roxbury Community College Lib.)
  5. your date of access (23 Mar.2009)
  6. URL of the service (


Gale, Cengage Learning

Leman, Nicholas. "The Limits of Language. (Orwell in '08)." Columbia Journalism Review 46.4 Nov.-Dec.2007: 31-34. Academic OneFile. Gale.

General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 03-20-09 by Ted Intarabumrung: