Holman Library has books on authors, literary movements, themes in literature, and more. Search for essay collections, as well as for works on a specific author, work of literature, or idea.
To find scholarly criticism, try adding the keyword: criticism or the subject term: literary criticism.
As always, try a range of search terms to find the best results for your purpose.
Here is a scholarly electronic book found in the Holman Library catalog with the search terms:
"Langston Hughes" AND criticism
Step 1: The Book Record
Clues this is a scholarly work: This is an edited work by an academic press. The Subject is: Criticism and Interpretation. It includes a bibliography.
Clues this is a scholarly work: The author(s) has academic credentials.
Clues this is a scholarly work: The author engages substantively with the text and with the ideas of other scholars.
A scholarly book will:
Be written by an expert or experts in the field (PH.D., M.D., etc)
Usually present new research or analysis of previous research
Offer sustained, sophisticated, and in-depth analysis and discussion
Often be printed by a University Press
Not be written for popular audiences
While you can limit a search for articles to scholarly (peer reviewed) journals, you cannot do the same with books.
You can, however, use the library’s online catalog to look for scholarly books:
Read the record for the author and publisher. Are the credentials academic?
Many of our scholarly books are ebooks. That gives you a chance to assess if the book is scholarly!