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About Book Reviews
Book reviews can help with your research, placing a book within a scholarly discourse, showing contemporary reaction to a work, and providing a convenient synopsis. The number of reviews published, their authors, and where they appear will tell you a lot about the life of a book, its importance to a subject, and the reactions to its publication.
Watch this Prezi to get an overview of the journey a book takes in getting reviewed (use the forward play button to advance the presentation).
Suggested Databases to Search for Book Reviews
Search by Book Tile and Author. On the result list, filter by Resource Type Reviews. This search will retrieve reviews from scholarly journals and popular magazines.
MLA International Bibliography
Publication Dates: 1926-Present
To search for Book Reviews, use the subject Review Article.
Book Review Digest [Combined]
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.
Readers' Guide [Combined]
Publication Dates: 1890-Present
Includes articles from popular and general interest magazines published in the U.S. and Canada. To find book reviews, choose the Document Type Review Article on the search screen.
ProQuest Historical Newspapers (US)
Searches across the full text and images of major U.S. and Black historical newspapers. Includes New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Defender, L.A. Times, and more. To search for Book Reviews, select the Document Type Review on the search screen.