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Book Review Sources

This guide covers print and electronic sources that contain book reviews. To find book reviews, you will need the title of the book, the author's name, and the date the book was published. Most reviews are written soon after the book is published so use an index that covers the appropriate time period.

General Indexes

Book Review Digest (DANA REF Z1219 .C96; Current volumes on Index Table).
Citations to reviews of English language books published or distributed in the United States along with a selection of brief excerpts from the reviews. The majority of the reviews come from non-scholarly sources. Volume 1, 1905-

Book Review Index (DANA REF Z1219 .B76; Current volumes on Index Table).
Citations to book reviews that appear in about 200 English language journals. Covers fiction and non-fiction and many more titles than the Book Review Digest. Volume 1, 1965-

Books in Print with Reviews
Full-text of reviews from library journals and citations to book reviews that appear in major newspapers and magazines

Reviews in Literature and the Humanities

Humanities Full Text *UPDATED*
This index to the humanities includes citations to book reviews as well as reviews of short stories, poems, and plays. Instead of a keyword search, open "Search Fields" (from the top bar), check the box for "ra:Reviewed", and enter the author's name, last name first. 1984- .

American Literary and Drama Reviews: An Index to Late 19th Century Periodicals (DANA REF PN2256 .M37).
Indexes reviews appearing during the years 1880 to 1900 in a select number of magazines. Part I covers reviews of American dramatic productions, chiefly in New York City, and Part II covers literary works.

Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Scholarly Journals, 1886-1974 (DANA REF Z1035 .A1C64; All volumes on Index Table).
Indexes book reviews from 459 scholarly journals in history, sociology and political science. Most useful for reviews of older critical works. 15 volumes.

Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Humanities Journals, 1802-1974 (DANA REF Z1035 .A1C62; All volumes on Index Table).
Indexes scholarly reviews of classic works. Similar to the preceeding title, though with coverage starting in 1802 and a focus on humanities journals. 10 volumes.

Index to Book Reviews in the Humanities (DANA REF Z1219 .I5; Current Volumes on Index Table).
Indexes reviews of both popular and scholarly books in English and foreign languages in all areas of the humanities. Published in thirty-one volumes covering the years 1960 to 1990.

Literary Reviews in British Periodicals, 1798-1820: A Bibliography (DANA REF PR442 .W36).
An index to scholarly journals with reviews of poetry, fiction and drama. Use for early reviews of British authors like Austin, Edgeworth, Mary Shelley and Scott.

Literary Reviews in British Periodicals, 1821-1826: A Bibliography (DANA REF PR453 .W36).
Continues the preceeding title.

The Romantics Reviewed: Contemporary Reviews of British Romantic Writers (DANA REF PR590 .R43).
A collection of reviews from scholarly journals reproduced in facsimile. Covers British writers of the period 1793 to 1824 including Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats and others. The author/title index appears in Part C, Volume II.

Other Subjects

America: History and Life
This index to American and Canadian history includes citations to book reviews which appear in scholarly journals. Click on the magnifying glass next to the Document Type bar, and check the Book Review box to limit your search to book reviews and then enter keywords from the title.

Business Source Premier
This index to business topics including accounting, finance and management includes citations to and sometimes the full-text to book reviews from scholarly journals, trade publications and magazines. To limit your search to book reviews, use the Advanced Search option, enter "BOOKS -- Reviews" as a subject and then enter the author or title of the book.

Historical Abstracts
This index to world history includes citations to book reviews which appear in scholarly journals. Click on the magnifying glass next to the Document Type bar, and check the Book Review box to limit your search and then enter keywords from the title

Other databases will contain some book reviews from scholarly journals related to that discipline. To find book reviews, pick an appropriate database and then enter the title or keywords from the title.

Related Indexes

Academic Search Premier
An index to periodical articles and book reviews, many in full text. Use the Basic Search-Subjects and enter the author's name or seach in the Basic Search-Keyword mode using the book title and the word "review".

Index to Black Periodicals (DANA REF AI3 .O4).
Index to periodical articles by and about blacks. Reviews are listed under the author's name. DANA has 1984-.

JSTOR
JSTOR contains the full text of back issues for a variety of scholarly disciplines To search for "Book Reviews," choose the Advanced Search option, check the Review box and search by title, author or keywords.

LexisNexis Academic
LexisNexis includes full text coverage of hundreds of magazines and newspapers. To search for book reviews, choose "News" and then the "Arts and Sports" news category. Select "Book, movie, music and play reviews" as your news source and enter the author or title of the book.

New York Times (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
Covers all articles published in the New York Times since its first issue in 1851. Includes the full text of the New York Times Book Review. To search for book reviews, use the "Basic Search" and enter the word "review" and the author or title of the book. (This index to the New York Times does not cover the current year or the two years prior to the current year. Use LexisNexis Academic for current reviews).

Nineteenth Century Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature (DANA REF AI3 .R496).
Index to over 50 British and American journals from the 19th century. Book reviews are listed under the author's name. 2 volumes.

Periodicals Index Online
Periodicals Index Online indexes scholarly journals in the social sciences and humanities. Coverage ranges from the end of the 18th century to about 1990/1991. To find book reviews, type the book title in the "author-title-keyword" search box and click on the "book reviews only" option.

The Times Literary Supplement Index (DANA REF AI21 .T49).
Index to reviews appearing in the Times Literary Supplement during the years 1902 to 1980. 5 volumes.

Selected Periodicals

Black Issues Book Review

H-Net Reviews in the Social Sciences and Humanities

London Review of Books (1997-)

The New York Review of Books (Periodicals, Vol. 1- 1963- )

New York Times Book Review (1996-)

Small Press Review (Periodicals, Current +2 years)

TLS, the Times Literary Supplement (Periodicals, 1945- )

Women's Review of Books (Periodicals, Current +2 years)

World Literature Today (Periodicals, Vol. 51- 1977- )

Selected Websites

AcqWeb's Directory of Book Reviews on the Web *UPDATED*

A Concise Guide to Writing a Critical Book Review

Writing a Review

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