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Book Reviews


To find a book review, you need to know the book's author, title, and date of publication. Book reviews usually appear within one year of the publication date, but scholarly reviews may take longer.

If you are looking for scholarly reviews, in peer reviewed journals, use the databases for the subject of the book, as well as the sources below.

Note: call numbers beginning with "abstr" are shelved in the Reference Collection.

Current Sources

Academic Search 1984 to the present
Can limit to peer reviewed sources only.
Book Review Index, 1965 to the present (abstr Z 1035 A1 B6)
LexisNexis Academic 1980s and 1990s to present
Coverage is different for every publication included
OmniFile Full Text Mega 1984 to the present
Can limit to peer reviewed sources only

Sources for Earlier Publications

Book Review Digest, 1905-1997 (abstr Z 1219 C95)
Gives full bibliographic information about the book, a summary of the book, excerpts from some of the reviews, and references to full reviews in magazines, journals, and newspapers.
Humanities Index, 1974-2002 (abstr AI 3 R492)
A section at the back of each volume lists book reviews, which are from scholarly sources only.
Nineteenth Century Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature, 1890-1899, with supplementary indexing, 1900-1922, (abstr AI 3 R496) and Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature, 1900-Sept. 2002 (abstr AI e R48)
Reviews are listed by book author's name, followed by book title
Poole's Index to Periodical Literature, 1802-1906 (abstr AI 3 P7)
Reviews are listed by book author's name, followed by book title
Social Sciences Index, 1974-2002 (abstr AI 3 493)
A section at the back of each volume lists book reviews, which are from scholarly sources only.