Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
About Critical Reviews
Critical reviews are written for an informed readership, and exist at a crossroads between journalism and scholarship. The authors are often experts in their fields, but they are writing for a general rather than a scholarly audience. These reviews are longer than general interest reviews, and might appear in such publications as the New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, or The Village Voice.
Best Bet Library Databases
Academic OneFile Select (Gale) This link opens in a new window
Publication Dates: 1980-Present
Choose the magazine link in the results list to find critical reviews.
Book Review Digest [Combined] This link opens in a new window
Publication Dates: 1905-Present
Searches Book Review Digest and Book Review Digest Retrospective together. Use to find general interest and critical reviews of English fiction and non-fiction.
The following magazines can be searched individually online. For other review titles (for example, London Review of Books) use the databases in Best Bets above to find citations and then locate the full text of the article in print.
Research Tip: Book Review Searching
Book Review Searching
- Search for the title of the book, enclosed in quotation marks ("World's Best Book")
- If the title is not very distinctive, add the author's last name
- Look for limit to "book review" or add search term "review"