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How to Find Book Reviews: Critical Reviews

Learn how to find book reviews for scholarly and popular books.

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

Individual Titles

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"

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