1) What is the publication date of the book? The date is found on the back of the title page. If the book is translated from another language, use the date of the first English edition. The date will help you decide whether to use an online source or a paper index to find a review.
2) What type of book is it? Is it a work of fiction or is it an academic book in a particular field? If it is a scholarly work, you may need to check an online database in that subject area (see *Note below).
3) Do you also need information about the author? If so, you will need to check biographical sources.
|Book Review Digest (1983-present)||Books in Print (currently being published)|
|Choice Reviews (1988-present)||Children's Literature Comprehensive Database|
|Academic Search Premier
Once in Academic Search, there are two ways to limit your search to reviews.
Option 1: Limit results to a particular "Document Type" by selecting book review, entertainment review, poetry review, or product review.
Option 1: In addition to the author or title, use one of the following subject terms: Books -- Reviews, Motion pictures -- Reviews, or Theater -- Reviews.
|*Note: Many subject-specific databases such as PsycINFO, ERIC and America: History and Life also include book reviews. Use the keywords "book review" with the title of your book when searching. Visit our Find by Subject page to identify appropriate databases for your subject.|
1.) Locate one of the print indexes listed below in the Learning Commons.
2.) Find the index volume for the year your book was published (also look at volumes a year or two later since the review may have come out a year after the book was published.)
3.) Search the index by author name or title. A list of citations will appear telling you in which journals or magazines your review is located.
4.) Write the name of the journal (it will be abbreviated), volume, issue, date and page.
5.) Check the front of the index volume to see what the journal abbreviation stands for. Write the whole journal name.
6.) Search in the the library catalog to find out whether or not University Libraries subscribe to the journals you have found.
|Book Review Index
Cook Reference Services Refrence Stacks Z1035 .A1 B6
|Book Review Digest
Cook Reference Services Refrence Stacks Z1219 .C96
|Books in Print
Cook Reference Services Refrence Stacks Z1215 .P972
|Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews
in Humanities Journals, 1802-1974
Cook Reference Services Refrence Stacks Z1035.A1 C65x
|Combined Retrospective Index to Book
Reviews in Scholarly Journals, 1886-1974
Cook Reference Services Refrence Stacks Z1035.A1 C64
|Technical Book Review Index
Cook Reference Services Refrence Stacks Z7913 .T36
Booklist - http://www.ala.org/booklist/
American Library Association site. Includes reviews of adult and children's books, audio-visual material, and reference sources.
Bookspot - http://www.bookspot.com/reviews/
Links to magazine and newspaper sites with book reviews. Some sites are limited to current issues.
New York Review of Books - http://www.nybooks.com/nyrev/
Searchable archive covers 1966-present with full text starting in 1996.
ReviewofBooks.Com - http://www.reviewsofbooks.com
Reviews and links to reviews of all types of books.