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Overview

Book reviews are descriptive evaluations that usually appear in magazines, journals, or newspapers soon after or up to a few years after a book's publication. A book review is an evaluation of a book, but it should not be confused with literary criticism. A book review discusses the contents of a book; literary criticism examines aspects of a literary work such as themes, symbolism, or characterization.

It is useful when looking for book reviews to know:

  • The author's full name.
  • The book's complete title.
  • The publication year of the book.

General Sources

  • Academic Search Premier  Icon
    An interdisciplinary database offering both citations and full text of articles in a variety of publications in nearly every area of academic study. To find a book review, enter key words from the author and title of the book, and then select "Book review" from Document Type.
  • Alt-Press Watch  Icon
    Alt-Press Watch is a full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals from alternative and independent presses. To find a book review, enter key words from the author and title of the book, and then select "Review" from Document Type.
  • LexisNexis Academic  Icon
    A full-text database providing access to a broad geographic range of newspapers and journals. To find book reviews: select "News," then "All News." Enter key words from the author and title of the book, and then select "Book Reviews" from Article Type.
  • New York Times (Historical)  Icon
    Includes all the articles published since the first issue of the paper in 1851 to 2007. To find a book review, enter key words from the author and title of the book, and then select "Review" from Document Type.
  • JSTOR  Icon
    Provides the full text of older issues of scholarly journals; does not include articles from the most recent 3-5 years. To find a book review, enter key words from the author and title of the book, and then select "Review" from Narrow By.

Subject-Specific Sources

  • America: History & Life  Icon
    To find a book review, enter key words from the author and title of the book, and then select "Book review" from Document Type.
  • ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials  Icon
    To find a book review, enter key words from the author and title of the book, and then select "Book review" from Publication Type.
  • EconLit  Icon
    To find a book review, enter key words from the author and title of the book, and then select "Book review" from Publication Type.
  • Historical Abstracts  Icon
    To find a book review, enter key words from the author and title of the book, and then select "Book review" from Document Type.
  • Philosopher's Index  Icon
    To find a book review, enter key words from the author and title of the book, and then select "Book review" from Document Type.
  • PsycINFO  Icon
    To find a book review, enter key words from the author and title of the book, and then select "Book review" from Document Type.
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature  Icon
    To find a book review, enter key words from the author and title of the book, and then select "Review of a Book" from Document Type.
  • Sociological Abstracts  Icon
    To find a book review, enter key words from the author and title of the book, and then select "Book review" from Document Type.
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