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Book Reviews

Introduction


Book reviews can be very useful in the research process. They provide a summary of the book's contents, comparisons to other books in the field, and critical evaluation of the work. This can help you determine whether a book is worth investigating as part of your research, or worth obtaining via Interlibrary Loan.

Since most reviews appear within two years of a book's publication, use the "limit by year" feature available in most journal databases to narrow your search to that two-year window.  To determine a book's year of publication, search the Library Catalog or WorldCat.

 


General Resources


Start your search with the resources below, which contain reviews of books in a wide range of disciplines.

Online Databases

Academic Search Premier
To find reviews in this broad interdisciplinary database, type a keyword, author or title into the search box, and choose "Book Review" in the Document Type limiter.

Choice Reviews Online
CHOICE magazine reviews recently-published books that are relevant to college and university curricula. Do a keyword search in the CHOICE archive to find book reviews on a topic of interest.

H-Net Reviews
This source provides reviews of books in the humanities and social sciences, written by scholars in the field. Use the search box on the main page to search by author, title, or keyword.

January Magazine
An online magazine containing book reviews and author interviews, with a focus on more popular works. Reviews can be browsed by categories such as biography, fiction, and art & culture.

JSTOR
To find reviews in this large full-text journal archive, switch to the Advanced Search, type keywords, author, or title in the search boxes, and checkmark "Review" next to Limit to Type.

LexisNexis Academic — News
To find reviews in major newspapers and magazines like Publishers Weekly, enter the book's author or title in the search box, and choose "Book, Movie, Music, Play, and Video Reviews" as the Source.  Be sure to change the date range as needed.

New York Times — Historical
Type Review in the first search box and select Document Type from the adjacent pull down menu. Use the second search box for your search terms (keyword, author or title).

ProQuest Central
To find book reviews in this large interdisciplinary database, type a keyword, author, or title in the top search box, then click the More Search Options tab at the bottom and select "Review / Book Review" in the Document Type pull-down menu.

Readers' Guide Retrospective
Find reviews in popular magazines of books that were published prior to 1982.  Type an author or title into the search box, and choose "Book Review" in the Document Type drop-down box.

Print Indexes

Book Review Digest (1905–2000)
     Lower Level Index Area
Provides citations to and brief summaries of book reviews in 75 journals. Search under the author's last name.

Book Review Index (1965–1992)
     Lower Level Index Area
Provides citations to book reviews in hundreds of journals. Search under the author's last name.

 

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Subject Specific Resources


In addition to checking the general resources listed above, consider searching the sources below that correspond to the subject area that you are researching.  These will provide citations and some full-text of book reviews in specialized subject-specific scholarly journals.

Art

Academic Search Premier
Contains full-text of The Art Book, a quarterly magazine with over 50 art book reviews in each issue. To find reviews in this publication, enter keyword, author, or title in the first search box, search "Art Book" in the "SO Journal Name" field, and choose "Book Review" in the Document Type limiter.

Classics

APh: L'Annee Philologique
To find book reviews in this Classical Studies database, go to the Advanced Search, type the book's name in the first search box, and toggle the adjacent drop-down box to "Word(s) of title".  In the search results, open the book's record; citations to reviews of the book will appear after the double line (||), with each review separated by a single line (|).

Bryn Mawr Classical Review
Publishes reviews of current scholarly work in the field of classical studies. From the main page, select Archives. Enter keyword, author, or title in the Search box to locate reviews.

Economics & Business

Business Source Premier
To find reviews of business and economics books, type a keyword, author, or title into the search box, and choose "Book Review" in the Document Type limiter.

Education

ERIC
To find book reviews in this database of journal articles and research reports from the field of education, type a keyword, author, or title into the search box, and choose "Book/Product Reviews" in the Publication Type limiter.

History

America: History and Life
For reviews of books related to United States and Canadian history, type a keyword, author, or title into the search box, and choose "Book Review" in the Document Type limiter.

Historical Abstracts
For reviews of books related to world history (excluding North America), type a keyword, author, or title into the search box, and choose "Book Review" in the Document Type limiter.

Iter
The Iter Bibliography covers journal literature pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance. For book reviews, use the Advanced Search to search the book's title or author, and limit the Type of Work to "Review".

The Medieval Review
Provides reviews of current work in all areas of Medieval Studies. Click on Search, then open the Basic Search tab.  Use the Search In drop-down box to select either "review title" or "publication author", and enter the book title/author in the text box.  Note that issues from July 2009 to the present are available at Indiana University's Scholar Works repository.

Nursing

CINAHL
In this comprehensive database of the scholarly nursing literature, you can find book reviews by typing a keyword, author, or title into the search box, and choosing "Book Review" in the Publication Type limiter.

Philosophy

Philosopher's Index
To find reviews of books related to philosophy, type a keyword, author, or title into the search box, and choose "Book Review" in the Document Type limiter.

Politics

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
This database offers citations and abstracts from the scholarly literature in political science and international relations. To find reviews, switch to the Advanced Search tab, type "book review" in the first search box, and change the drop-down box at the right end of the first row to "Publication Type, PT=". Then in the second row, enter a book title, author, or keyword.

Psychology

PsycINFO
To find reviews of psychology books, type a keyword, author, or title into the search box, and choose "Review-Book" in the Document Type limiter.

Sociology

SocINDEX
In this core resource for sociology and social issue research, you can locate book reviews by typing a keyword, author, or title into the search box, and choosing "Book Review" in the Document Type limiter.

Theology

ATLA Religion Database
This database covers the scholarly literature of religious studies, with an emphasis on the Judeo-Christian tradition. To find book reviews, type a keyword, author, or title into the search box, and choose "Review" in the Publication Type limiter.

Catholic Periodical & Literature Index
To find reviews of books related to Catholic studies, type a keyword, author, or title into the search box, and choose "Book Review" in the Publication Type limiter.

 

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Contents

Book cover image for A Passion for Books


Introduction

General Resources
   • Online Databases
   • Print Indexes

Subject Specific Resources
   • Art
   • Classics
   • Economics & Business
   • Education
   • History
   • Nursing
   • Philosophy
   • Politics
   • Psychology
   • Sociology
   • Theology