Gale Literature: Book Review Index

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Provides citations to more than five million book reviews, drawn from a core of about 700 magazines and journals (including both popular and scholarly titles), supplemented by hundreds of other magazines on an apparently more occasional basis. More than 600,000 of the citations also include the full text of the reviews. Searching is possible by author or title of the book under review, or by the journal in which the review appeared. Advanced Search allows combining author, title, and journal, and also permits searching by reviewer, illustrator, publisher, and additional limiting by length of review, refereed journals only, date, and full-text reviews. Citations can be marked for printing or e-mailing. Also includes reviews of audio books, e-books, and periodicals.

User tools and features

Includes a dictionary link--retrieving definitions of words from Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.

Dates covered

1965 to the present.

Updating frequency



Reviews are drawn from hundreds of magazines and scholarly journals.

Type of coverage

Bibliographic citations to book reviews; approximately 12% of citations include full text of reviews.

Print counterpart or
related resources

Book Review Index [including various cumulations]. All print subscriptions at Rutgers libraries canceled as of 2009. See QuickSearch for specific holdings.

Producer/content provider


Vendor/electronic presentation provider


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