Book Reviews: A research Guide

 

Multi-disciplinary Sources       Subject-specific Sources       Business and Economics       Education       English and American Language and Literature       History       Library and Information Science       Philosophy       Psychology      Religion       Book Reviews in Newspapers: Major Electronic Resources       Book Reviews on the Web      More Ways to Find Book Reviews

 

MULTI-DISCIPLINARY SOURCES

 

1995 - present
Project Muse Scholarly. Full-text.
Provides access to over 300 journals in humanities, arts and social sciences journals from 60 scholarly publishers.
Search tip: in Advanced Search, enter title of book/author name and select title reviewed or author reviewed from drop-down menu.

 

1990 - present
Academic Search (EBSCO) Scholarly and general. Citations and full-text.
Search tip: in Advanced Search, limit to Book Review under Document Type.

 

1985 - present Factiva
Scholarly and general. Full-text.
Similar to LexisNexis Academic in coverage, with focus on news media.
Search tip: go to Search tab at top left of screen and enter your terms free text in search box, enclosing phrases in quotes. Connect different terms with "and".

 

1984 - 1995
International Bibliography of Scholarly Literature/Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Wissenschaftlicher Literatur
Auxiliary Library Facility - Stacks -- Z5051 .I64

A comprehensive source for reviews of scholarly books. In German, with cross-references from English and French subject words.

 

1980s - present
Books in Print (BIP)
General Citations and some full-text.
Search tip: in results list, click only on a starred title, then click on Title Reviews tab. Citations to reviews in the general press are often listed at the end of the trade reviews. See also Fiction Connection, under "English and American Language and Literature" below.

 

1980s - present
LexisNexis Academic
Scholarly and general. Full-text.
Search tip: go to Power Search and enter title, author and the word "review" in search box, using quotes around phrases. For reviews in English, select All News (English, Full Text) in Select Sources and specify All available dates in the Specify Date box.

 

1980 - present
Biography in Context
General, magazine reviews. Citations and some full-text.
Contains material collected from more than 135 Gale resources.
Search tip: in Advanced Search, limit the search to Book Reviews, then add terms. Many results will be full-text reviews

 

1976 - 1982
Current Book Review Citations (6 volumes).
General and scholarly.
Auxiliary Library Facility - Stacks -- Z1035.A1 C86
Cumulation of other Wilson indexes of this time period, covering over 1,000 periodicals, including some foreign language publications. Arranged in two sections by author of reviewed book and its title.

 

1969 - present
AltPressIndex
and
AltPressIndexArchive
General and scholarly. Citations.
Search tip: enter search term or phrase and select book reviews from Article Type Phrase box.

 

1965 - present
Shakespeare Collection
General and scholarly. Citations and selected full-text.
Misleadingly named resource which includes:
New York Times Book Review (indexing: full-text: 1995-present)
New Yorker (indexing: 1965-present; full-text: 2002-present)
New York Review of Books (indexing: 1965-presentTimes Literary Supplement (indexing: 1991- present)
Search tip: Go to Advanced Search and select Book Review under Document Type.

 

1965 - present
Book Review Index Online
General interest, some scholarly. Also available in print. Citations.
Auxiliary Library Facility - Stacks -- Z1035.A1 B8 (in print)
Indexes twice as many journals as Book Review Digest, but has no excerpts.

 

1960 - 1990
Index to Book Reviews in the Humanities
Scholarly. Citations.
Herman B Wells Library, Reference Reading Room, Z1007.I386
Excludes archaeology and theology, drops history after 1969.

 

1962 - present
British Humanities Index
Scholarly. British. Citations.
Continuation of Subject Index to Periodicals (see below).

 

1950s - present
Web of Knowledge
Scholarly. Citations.
Web of Knowledge is the collective name for Arts and Humanities Citation Index (1975-present), Social Science Citation Index (1956-present) and Science Citation Index (1955-present) Search tip: from the Web of Knowledge homepage, click on Web of Science (yes, this is confusing) and select the subject area of interest under Citation Databases. Select General Search and limit to book reviews by scrolling down to the bottom of the Cited Reference Selection screen. Note: enter the name of book being reviewed in the topic box.

 

1915 - 1961
Subject Index to Periodicals

Herman B Wells Library, Reference Services Department – Index Tables, AI3.S9
Search tip : search for book reviews under title of book or name of reviewed book’s author. Continued by British Humanities Index (see above).

 

1907-1984
Humanities and Social Sciences Retrospective
Scholarly. Citations.
Online cumulation of the following:
International Index 1907-1965
Social Sciences and Humanities Index 1965-1974
Humanities Index 1974-1984
Social Sciences Index 194-1983
Search tip: in Advanced Search, select book review from the document type drop-down menu at the foot of the screen.

 

1905 - present
Book Review Digest
General. Citations with excerpts.
Print:
Herman B Wells Library, Reference Services Department, Z1223.B7
English language books published in the U.S. and Canada, includes brief excerpts from each review.

 

1905 - 1982
Book Review Digest Retrospective
General. Citations with excerpts.
Online version of the title above, to 1982. Includes reviews of scholarly studies.
Search tip: enter title of book reviewed as well as its author or browse the author's works to find a specific book. Select "author, personal".

 

1900 - present
Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature
Mostly general, some scholarly. Citations.
Herman B Wells Library, Reference Reading Room
AI13.R21
Indexes 150-200 of the most widely circulated American periodicals.
Search tip: before 1976, search by title or author’s last name. From 1976, book reviews are in a separate section at the end of each volume.

 

1890 - 1982
Readers' Guide Retrospective 1890-1982
Mostly general, some scholarly. Citations.
Online version of Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature up to 1982. Indexes nearly 400 of the most widely circulated American periodicals.

 

1890 - 1922
Nineteenth-Century Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature
General and scholarly. Citations.
Herman B Wells Library, Reference Services Department
AI3.R25   2 vols.
Book reviews are listed under author entry only.

 

1886 - 1974
Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Scholarly Journals
Scholarly.
Citations.
Herman B Wells Library, Reference Services Department
Z1035.A1 C64

 

1880s -
JSTOR
Moving wall; the most recent 3-5 years are unavailable.
Scholarly. Full-text.
Full-text, archival database containing more than 700 journals in almost 50 academic disciplines.
Search tip: in Advanced Search, enter author name and book title as full-text and check the review box.

 

1802 - 1974
Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Humanities Journals
Scholarly. Citations only.
Herman B Wells Library, Reference Services Department
Z1035.A1 C638

 

1802 - 1995
Periodicals Archive Online
Scholarly. Full-text.
Formerly PCI Full Text. Provides full-text access to over 400 journals within the humanities and social sciences.
Search tip: under Search Options, select Book Reviews only.

 

1770 - 1919
C19: The Nineteenth Century Index
General and scholarly.
Citations.
Excellent resource with links to full text in other databases. Search individual indexes (listed below) or all simultaneously.
Includes:
American Periodical Series (1770-1919) Links to full-text; deselect all article types except review.
British Periodicals (1790-1931). Deselect all article types except review.
Periodicals Index Online (1770-1919). Links to selected full-text withinPeriodicals Archive Online and to 79 journals within JSTOR. Specify book reviews in Scope.
Poole’s Index to Periodical Literature (1803-1906)
Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals (1824-1900)
Search tip: search book title under keyword (for more than one word, enclose in quotations).

 

1665 - 1995
ProQuest Periodicals Index Online
Scholarly.
Mainly citations, some of which link directly to full text

Search tip: under Search Options, select Book Reviews only.

 

 

return to top

 

 

SUBJECT-SPECIFIC SOURCES

 

Business and Economics

(see also databases available only at the Business/SPEA Library)

1922-
Business Source Premier
Some full-text.
Covers book reviews in a range of topics besides business, including library and information science and popular non-fiction. Contains full-text of selected reviews, including those from the Journal of Economic Literature from 1963-present.
Search tip: use Advanced Search and select Book Review as Document Type, under Limits.

 

 

1983 - present
Education Full Text
Web version of Education Index, which includes abstracting from 1994 and “select” full text from 1996 to the present.
Search tip: in Advanced Search, go to Document Type and select Book Review.

 

1966 - present
ERIC (EBSCO)
Citations and full-text from 1993.
Search tip: Go to Advanced Search, enter title or author of book and select Book/Product Reviews in Publication Type

 

1929 - 1983
Education Index Retrospective
Citations.
This is the web version of Education Index, 1929 - 1983, providing indexing to 500 international periodicals and yearbooks covering education at all levels. This database cites nearly one million articles, including book reviews.
Search tip: in Advanced Search, go to Document Type and select Book Review.

 

 

English and American Language and Literature

 

1980s - present
Fiction Connection
General interest. Citations and full-text.
User-friendly database searchable by theme or genre. Full-text reviews from trade journals and citations to reviews in the general press. Includes excerpts from some books.

 

1920 - present
Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature
Citations.
Reviews of literary criticism.
Search tip: select Reviews box at the foot of the screen.

 

1900s - present
Literature Resource Center
General, some scholarly. Citations with some links to full-text.
Access to vast resources compiled by the Gale company. For book reviews, focus is on mid-twentieth century to the present.
Search tip:search for an author’s name and go to Further Readings about the Author.

 

Late Middle Ages - present
Literature Criticism Online
Scholarly and general. Full-text.
This invaluable database comprises the digitized contents of the following multi-volume series:
Contemporary Literary Criticism
Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism
Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism
Shakespearean Criticism
Literature Criticism from 1400-1800
Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism
Poetry Criticism
Short Story Criticism
Drama Criticism
Children's Literature Review

Each entry usually includes an essay summarizing the critical reception of a work at the time it was written, excerpts from reviews from magazines, newspapers, and scholarly criticism from academic journals and monographs.
Search tip: use Browse Authors and Browse Works tabs.

 

1900-1980s
Twentieth-Century British Literature
Auxiliary Library Facility - Stacks PR473.T84 1985
Mostly scholarly criticism and also some reviews of twentieth-century authors from Britain and its former colonies.

 

Mid-1700s - Mid-1800s
Romantics Reviewed
Full-text.
Auxiliary Library Facility - Stacks -- PR590.R415.
Photographic reprints of contemporary reviews of British Romantic writers arranged in nine volumes.

 

1821 - 1826
Literary Reviews in British Periodicals, 1821-1826
Citations.
Auxiliary Library Facility - Stacks, Z2013.W36 1977

 

1798-1820
Literary Reviews in British Periodicals, 1798-1820
Citations.
Herman B Wells Library, Reference Reading Room, Z2013.W264 2 vols.
Indexes reviews of literary works from a wide range of British periodicals and two newspapers.
Search tip:arranged alphabetically by author, then chronologically by publication date of the work under review.

 

1789 - 1797
Literary Reviews in British Periodicals, 1789-1797
Citations and some full-text.
Auxiliary Library Facility - Stacks, Z2013.W36 1979
Indexes reviews of literary works by British and American authors appearing in British periodicals and includes a section of reviews and articles dealing with a selection of major authors active before 1789.
Search tip:arranged alphabetically by author, then chronologically by publication date of the work under review.

 

1775-1800
Index to Book Reviews in England, 1775-1800
Citations
Herman B Wells Library, Reference Reading Room, Z1035.A1 F67 1997
Reviews of poetry, drama and fiction appearing in 16 British periodicals. Alphabetical by author. No newspaper reviews.

 

1775-1800
Index to Book Reviews in England, 1749-1774
Citations.
Herman B Wells Library, Reference Reading Room, Z1035.A1 F67 1990
Reviews of poetry, drama and fiction appearing in 16 British periodicals before 1789. Alphabetical by author. No newspaper reviews.

 

Medieval Period - 1904
The New Moulton's library of literary criticism : Pre-twentieth century criticism of...British and American literature to 1904
Auxiliary Library Facility - Stacks PR85 .N39 1985
Excerpts by critics, many of them contemporary with the authors on whom they are writing. Excellent resource for researching the contemporary reception of literary work as far back as the medieval period. Some entries also contain personal, biographical accounts by contemporaries.

 

 

Returnto top

 

 


History

 

1954 - present
Historical Abstracts

America: History & Life
Citations and abstracts, some full-text.
Some full-text links to JSTOR from America: History and Life.
Search tip: select reviews under limit to. Enter author’s name and significant word(s) from the book’s title in the keyword field.

 

1972 - 1977
Index to Book Reviews in Historical Periodicals
Citations.
Herman B Wells Library, Reference Reading Room, Z6205.B848
Covers English-language, mostly American journals. Note that this covers a very limited time period.

 

Library and Information Science 1984 - present
Library Literature and Information Science Full Text
Full-text from 1994.
More recently Library Literature and Information.
Search tip: select Document Type: Book Review.

 

1921 - 2004
Library Literature
Citations.
Print:
Auxiliary Library Facility - Stacks -- Z666.C19 and Z666.C211
Search tip: book reviews are at the end of each volume.

 

1905 - 1983 Library Literature and Information Science Retrospective
Nearly 80 years of references to articles in library and information science journals, books, book chapters and library school theses. Includes some full text.

 

 

 

Philosophy

 

1940 - present
Philosopher's Index
Ekectronic edition
Citations.
Print edition:
Location:Auxiliary Library Facility - Stacks -- Z7127 .P54
Holdings:1/2-37

Herman B Wells Library, Reference Reading Room, Z7127.P54
Holdings:38-46
Holdings:2005-2013
Each annual index of the printed version includes a book review section. Coverage of non-U.S. sources begins in 1967.
Search tip: in the electronic version, go to Advanced Search, enter search terms and select book reviews tab from results list.

 

Psychology

 

1887 - present
PsycINFO
Citations.
Electronic edition of Psychological Abstracts, published by the American Psychological Association.
Search tip: go to Advanced Search, enter search terms and select book reviews tab from results list.

 

Religion

 

1949 - present
ATLA Religion Database
Citations.
Search tip: go to Advanced Search, enter the name of book or author in one search box, and in the line below, enter “review” and select publication type in drop-down box.

 

1906 - present
Index Islamicus
Citations.
Also in print (1993 - 2005)
Search tip: in Advanced Search, select Book Review from Publication Type.

 

1963 - 2005
Index to Jewish Periodicals
Electronic edition: 1988- present
Citations.
Print edition: 1963-2006
Auxiliary Library Facility
AI3.I38
Search tip: in Advanced Search, enter "review" as a search term.

 

1981 - present
Catholic Periodical and Literature Index
Citations.
Search tip: in Advanced Search, select Book Review from Publication Type.

 

1967 - 2005
Catholic Periodical and Literature Index (in print)
Auxiliary Library Facility
AI3 .C36

Book reviews are in a separate section at the end of each volume.

 

 

Return to top

 

 

BOOK REVIEWS IN NEWSPAPERS: MAJOR ELECTRONIC SOURCES

 

1980s - present
LexisNexis Academic
Use for foreign language searching also.
Search tip: go to Power Search and enter title, author and "review" in search box, using quotes around phrases, and connecting each component with the word and. For reviews in English, select All News (English, Full Text) in Select Sources and specify All available dates in the Specify Date box.

 

1985 - present
Factiva
Similar to LexisNexis Academic in coverage, with focus on news media.
Search tip: go to Search tab at top left of screen and enter your terms free text in search box, enclosing phrases in quotes and connect terms with "and". To search newspapers in foreign languages, specify language and region.

 

1800s - 2000s, varies by newspaper
ProQuest Historical Newspapers
ProQuest Historical Newspapers is a database consisting of full articles from several twentieth century U.S. newspapers. Titles and dates are as follows: Atlanta Daily World 1932-2003, Atlanta World 1931-1932, The Chicago Daily Defender (Big Weekend Edition) 1966-1973, Chicago Daily Defernder (Daily Edition) 1960-1973, Chicago Daily Tribune 1847-1858, Chicago Daily Tribune 1872-1963, The Chicago Defender (Big Weekend Edition) 1973-1975, Chicago Defender (Daily Edition) 1973-1975, The Chicago Defender (National Edition) 1921-1967, Chicago Press and Tribune 1858-1860, Chicago Tribune 1860-1872, Chicago Tribune 1963- current file, Courier 1950-1954, Daily Defender 1956- 1960, Los Angeles Sentinal 1934-2005, Los Angeles Times 1881-1886 Los Angeles Times 1886-current file, New Pittsburgh Courier 1966-1981, New Pittsburgh Courier 1981-2002, New York Amsterdam News 1938-1941, New York Amsterdam News 1938-1941 city edition, New York Amsterdam News 1943-1961 city edition, New York Amsterdam News 1962-1993,New York Amsterdam Star-News 1941-1943,New York Daily Times 1851-1857, New York Star & Amsterdam News 1941-1941, New York Times 1857-current file, The Pittsburgh Courier 1911-1950, Pittsburgh Courier 1955-1956, The Washington Post 1877-1954, The Washington Post 1974- current file, The Washington Post and Times Herald 1954-1959, The Washington Post Times Herald 1959-1973.
You may also search each of the titles individually

 

Suggested source for English language newspaper book reviews

New York Times
1851 - Present, with a two year embargo period

New York Times
The times contains both daily review and the Sunday Book review section

LexisNexis
Mid 1980s - present
Full-text

Lexis-Nexis Academic

Shakespeare Collection
Coverage varies

Indexed
Shakespeare Collection

Times (London)
1785 - 1985
full-text
Times Digital Archive (The Times, London)

Access World NewsAccess World News
1985 - present
Full-text

Access World News

 

BOOK REVIEWS ON THE WEB

 

There is a wealth of book review sites on the Web, especially for general interest and fiction titles. Browse through Yahoo’s directory at http://dir.yahoo.com/Arts/Humanities/Literature/Revi ews/ to see a sampling.
Although primarily a bookselling site, www.amazon.com sometimes includes published book reviews, as well as those submitted by the general public – although these are of variable quality.

Increasingly, readers are looking at blogs for book reviews. Remember that such reviews have no institutional backing or endorsement, and issues of accuracy apply to them as to anything else you might read on the web. However, they’re interesting, newsy and often discuss books which pass under the radar of the mainstream media. Here’s a selection:
marksarvas.blogs.com/elegvar/
http://bookslut.com/
http://beatrice.com/
http://syntaxofthings.typepad.com/

 

MORE WAYS TO FIND BOOK REVIEWS

 

There are other ways of accessing reviews, among them:

IUCAT

  • For books containing book reviews, go to IUCAT Search and enter "book reviews" as a subject search. Refine your results using the facets on the left-hand sidebar of your results.
  • Browse scholarly journals in the field of study; many journals have their own review section, some very extensive.

 

Multi-disciplinary Sources       Subject-specific Sources       Business and Economics       Education       English and American Language and Literature       History       Library and Information Science       Philosophy       Psychology      Religion       Book Reviews in Newspapers: Major Electronic Resources       Book Reviews on the Web      More Ways to Find Book Reviews

 

MULTI-DISCIPLINARY SOURCES

 

1995 - present
Project Muse Scholarly. Full-text.
Provides access to over 300 journals in humanities, arts and social sciences journals from 60 scholarly publishers.
Search tip: in Advanced Search, enter title of book/author name and select title reviewed or author reviewed from drop-down menu.

 

1990 - present
Academic Search (EBSCO) Scholarly and general. Citations and full-text.
Search tip: in Advanced Search, limit to Book Review under Document Type.

 

1985 - present Factiva
Scholarly and general. Full-text.
Similar to LexisNexis Academic in coverage, with focus on news media.
Search tip: go to Search tab at top left of screen and enter your terms free text in search box, enclosing phrases in quotes. Connect different terms with "and".

 

1984 - 1995
International Bibliography of Scholarly Literature/Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Wissenschaftlicher Literatur
Auxiliary Library Facility - Stacks -- Z5051 .I64

A comprehensive source for reviews of scholarly books. In German, with cross-references from English and French subject words.

 

1980s - present
Books in Print (BIP)
General Citations and some full-text.
Search tip: in results list, click only on a starred title, then click on Title Reviews tab. Citations to reviews in the general press are often listed at the end of the trade reviews. See also Fiction Connection, under "English and American Language and Literature" below.

 

1980s - present
LexisNexis Academic
Scholarly and general. Full-text.
Search tip: go to Power Search and enter title, author and the word "review" in search box, using quotes around phrases. For reviews in English, select All News (English, Full Text) in Select Sources and specify All available dates in the Specify Date box.

 

1980 - present
Biography in Context
General, magazine reviews. Citations and some full-text.
Contains material collected from more than 135 Gale resources.
Search tip: in Advanced Search, limit the search to Book Reviews, then add terms. Many results will be full-text reviews

 

1976 - 1982
Current Book Review Citations (6 volumes).
General and scholarly.
Auxiliary Library Facility - Stacks -- Z1035.A1 C86
Cumulation of other Wilson indexes of this time period, covering over 1,000 periodicals, including some foreign language publications. Arranged in two sections by author of reviewed book and its title.

 

1969 - present
AltPressIndex
and
AltPressIndexArchive
General and scholarly. Citations.
Search tip: enter search term or phrase and select book reviews from Article Type Phrase box.

 

1965 - present
Shakespeare Collection
General and scholarly. Citations and selected full-text.
Misleadingly named resource which includes:
New York Times Book Review (indexing: full-text: 1995-present)
New Yorker (indexing: 1965-present; full-text: 2002-present)
New York Review of Books (indexing: 1965-presentTimes Literary Supplement (indexing: 1991- present)
Search tip: Go to Advanced Search and select Book Review under Document Type.

 

1965 - present
Book Review Index Online
General interest, some scholarly. Also available in print. Citations.
Auxiliary Library Facility - Stacks -- Z1035.A1 B8 (in print)
Indexes twice as many journals as Book Review Digest, but has no excerpts.

 

1960 - 1990
Index to Book Reviews in the Humanities
Scholarly. Citations.
Herman B Wells Library, Reference Reading Room, Z1007.I386
Excludes archaeology and theology, drops history after 1969.

 

1962 - present
British Humanities Index
Scholarly. British. Citations.
Continuation of Subject Index to Periodicals (see below).

 

1950s - present
Web of Knowledge
Scholarly. Citations.
Web of Knowledge is the collective name for Arts and Humanities Citation Index (1975-present), Social Science Citation Index (1956-present) and Science Citation Index (1955-present) Search tip: from the Web of Knowledge homepage, click on Web of Science (yes, this is confusing) and select the subject area of interest under Citation Databases. Select General Search and limit to book reviews by scrolling down to the bottom of the Cited Reference Selection screen. Note: enter the name of book being reviewed in the topic box.

 

1915 - 1961
Subject Index to Periodicals

Herman B Wells Library, Reference Services Department – Index Tables, AI3.S9
Search tip : search for book reviews under title of book or name of reviewed book’s author. Continued by British Humanities Index (see above).

 

1907-1984
Humanities and Social Sciences Retrospective
Scholarly. Citations.
Online cumulation of the following:
International Index 1907-1965
Social Sciences and Humanities Index 1965-1974
Humanities Index 1974-1984
Social Sciences Index 194-1983
Search tip: in Advanced Search, select book review from the document type drop-down menu at the foot of the screen.

 

1905 - present
Book Review Digest
General. Citations with excerpts.
Print:
Herman B Wells Library, Reference Services Department, Z1223.B7
English language books published in the U.S. and Canada, includes brief excerpts from each review.

 

1905 - 1982
Book Review Digest Retrospective
General. Citations with excerpts.
Online version of the title above, to 1982. Includes reviews of scholarly studies.
Search tip: enter title of book reviewed as well as its author or browse the author's works to find a specific book. Select "author, personal".

 

1900 - present
Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature
Mostly general, some scholarly. Citations.
Herman B Wells Library, Reference Reading Room
AI13.R21
Indexes 150-200 of the most widely circulated American periodicals.
Search tip: before 1976, search by title or author’s last name. From 1976, book reviews are in a separate section at the end of each volume.

 

1890 - 1982
Readers' Guide Retrospective 1890-1982
Mostly general, some scholarly. Citations.
Online version of Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature up to 1982. Indexes nearly 400 of the most widely circulated American periodicals.

 

1890 - 1922
Nineteenth-Century Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature
General and scholarly. Citations.
Herman B Wells Library, Reference Services Department
AI3.R25   2 vols.
Book reviews are listed under author entry only.

 

1886 - 1974
Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Scholarly Journals
Scholarly.
Citations.
Herman B Wells Library, Reference Services Department
Z1035.A1 C64

 

1880s -
JSTOR
Moving wall; the most recent 3-5 years are unavailable.
Scholarly. Full-text.
Full-text, archival database containing more than 700 journals in almost 50 academic disciplines.
Search tip: in Advanced Search, enter author name and book title as full-text and check the review box.

 

1802 - 1974
Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Humanities Journals
Scholarly. Citations only.
Herman B Wells Library, Reference Services Department
Z1035.A1 C638

 

1802 - 1995
Periodicals Archive Online
Scholarly. Full-text.
Formerly PCI Full Text. Provides full-text access to over 400 journals within the humanities and social sciences.
Search tip: under Search Options, select Book Reviews only.

 

1770 - 1919
C19: The Nineteenth Century Index
General and scholarly.
Citations.
Excellent resource with links to full text in other databases. Search individual indexes (listed below) or all simultaneously.
Includes:
American Periodical Series (1770-1919) Links to full-text; deselect all article types except review.
British Periodicals (1790-1931). Deselect all article types except review.
Periodicals Index Online (1770-1919). Links to selected full-text withinPeriodicals Archive Online and to 79 journals within JSTOR. Specify book reviews in Scope.
Poole’s Index to Periodical Literature (1803-1906)
Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals (1824-1900)
Search tip: search book title under keyword (for more than one word, enclose in quotations).

 

1665 - 1995
ProQuest Periodicals Index Online
Scholarly.
Mainly citations, some of which link directly to full text

Search tip: under Search Options, select Book Reviews only.

 

 

return to top

 

 

SUBJECT-SPECIFIC SOURCES

 

Business and Economics

(see also databases available only at the Business/SPEA Library)

1922-
Business Source Premier
Some full-text.
Covers book reviews in a range of topics besides business, including library and information science and popular non-fiction. Contains full-text of selected reviews, including those from the Journal of Economic Literature from 1963-present.
Search tip: use Advanced Search and select Book Review as Document Type, under Limits.

 

 

1983 - present
Education Full Text
Web version of Education Index, which includes abstracting from 1994 and “select” full text from 1996 to the present.
Search tip: in Advanced Search, go to Document Type and select Book Review.

 

1966 - present
ERIC (EBSCO)
Citations and full-text from 1993.
Search tip: Go to Advanced Search, enter title or author of book and select Book/Product Reviews in Publication Type

 

1929 - 1983
Education Index Retrospective
Citations.
This is the web version of Education Index, 1929 - 1983, providing indexing to 500 international periodicals and yearbooks covering education at all levels. This database cites nearly one million articles, including book reviews.
Search tip: in Advanced Search, go to Document Type and select Book Review.

 

 

English and American Language and Literature

 

1980s - present
Fiction Connection
General interest. Citations and full-text.
User-friendly database searchable by theme or genre. Full-text reviews from trade journals and citations to reviews in the general press. Includes excerpts from some books.

 

1920 - present
Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature
Citations.
Reviews of literary criticism.
Search tip: select Reviews box at the foot of the screen.

 

1900s - present
Literature Resource Center
General, some scholarly. Citations with some links to full-text.
Access to vast resources compiled by the Gale company. For book reviews, focus is on mid-twentieth century to the present.
Search tip:search for an author’s name and go to Further Readings about the Author.

 

Late Middle Ages - present
Literature Criticism Online
Scholarly and general. Full-text.
This invaluable database comprises the digitized contents of the following multi-volume series:
Contemporary Literary Criticism
Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism
Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism
Shakespearean Criticism
Literature Criticism from 1400-1800
Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism
Poetry Criticism
Short Story Criticism
Drama Criticism
Children's Literature Review

Each entry usually includes an essay summarizing the critical reception of a work at the time it was written, excerpts from reviews from magazines, newspapers, and scholarly criticism from academic journals and monographs.
Search tip: use Browse Authors and Browse Works tabs.

 

1900-1980s
Twentieth-Century British Literature
Auxiliary Library Facility - Stacks PR473.T84 1985
Mostly scholarly criticism and also some reviews of twentieth-century authors from Britain and its former colonies.

 

Mid-1700s - Mid-1800s
Romantics Reviewed
Full-text.
Auxiliary Library Facility - Stacks -- PR590.R415.
Photographic reprints of contemporary reviews of British Romantic writers arranged in nine volumes.

 

1821 - 1826
Literary Reviews in British Periodicals, 1821-1826
Citations.
Auxiliary Library Facility - Stacks, Z2013.W36 1977

 

1798-1820
Literary Reviews in British Periodicals, 1798-1820
Citations.
Herman B Wells Library, Reference Reading Room, Z2013.W264 2 vols.
Indexes reviews of literary works from a wide range of British periodicals and two newspapers.
Search tip:arranged alphabetically by author, then chronologically by publication date of the work under review.

 

1789 - 1797
Literary Reviews in British Periodicals, 1789-1797
Citations and some full-text.
Auxiliary Library Facility - Stacks, Z2013.W36 1979
Indexes reviews of literary works by British and American authors appearing in British periodicals and includes a section of reviews and articles dealing with a selection of major authors active before 1789.
Search tip:arranged alphabetically by author, then chronologically by publication date of the work under review.

 

1775-1800
Index to Book Reviews in England, 1775-1800
Citations
Herman B Wells Library, Reference Reading Room, Z1035.A1 F67 1997
Reviews of poetry, drama and fiction appearing in 16 British periodicals. Alphabetical by author. No newspaper reviews.

 

1775-1800
Index to Book Reviews in England, 1749-1774
Citations.
Herman B Wells Library, Reference Reading Room, Z1035.A1 F67 1990
Reviews of poetry, drama and fiction appearing in 16 British periodicals before 1789. Alphabetical by author. No newspaper reviews.

 

Medieval Period - 1904
The New Moulton's library of literary criticism : Pre-twentieth century criticism of...British and American literature to 1904
Auxiliary Library Facility - Stacks PR85 .N39 1985
Excerpts by critics, many of them contemporary with the authors on whom they are writing. Excellent resource for researching the contemporary reception of literary work as far back as the medieval period. Some entries also contain personal, biographical accounts by contemporaries.

 

 

Returnto top

 

 


History

 

1954 - present
Historical Abstracts

America: History & Life
Citations and abstracts, some full-text.
Some full-text links to JSTOR from America: History and Life.
Search tip: select reviews under limit to. Enter author’s name and significant word(s) from the book’s title in the keyword field.

 

1972 - 1977
Index to Book Reviews in Historical Periodicals
Citations.
Herman B Wells Library, Reference Reading Room, Z6205.B848
Covers English-language, mostly American journals. Note that this covers a very limited time period.

 

Library and Information Science 1984 - present
Library Literature and Information Science Full Text
Full-text from 1994.
More recently Library Literature and Information.
Search tip: select Document Type: Book Review.

 

1921 - 2004
Library Literature
Citations.
Print:
Auxiliary Library Facility - Stacks -- Z666.C19 and Z666.C211
Search tip: book reviews are at the end of each volume.

 

1905 - 1983 Library Literature and Information Science Retrospective
Nearly 80 years of references to articles in library and information science journals, books, book chapters and library school theses. Includes some full text.

 

 

 

Philosophy

 

1940 - present
Philosopher's Index
Ekectronic edition
Citations.
Print edition:
Location:Auxiliary Library Facility - Stacks -- Z7127 .P54
Holdings:1/2-37

Herman B Wells Library, Reference Reading Room, Z7127.P54
Holdings:38-46
Holdings:2005-2013
Each annual index of the printed version includes a book review section. Coverage of non-U.S. sources begins in 1967.
Search tip: in the electronic version, go to Advanced Search, enter search terms and select book reviews tab from results list.

 

Psychology

 

1887 - present
PsycINFO
Citations.
Electronic edition of Psychological Abstracts, published by the American Psychological Association.
Search tip: go to Advanced Search, enter search terms and select book reviews tab from results list.

 

Religion

 

1949 - present
ATLA Religion Database
Citations.
Search tip: go to Advanced Search, enter the name of book or author in one search box, and in the line below, enter “review” and select publication type in drop-down box.

 

1906 - present
Index Islamicus
Citations.
Also in print (1993 - 2005)
Search tip: in Advanced Search, select Book Review from Publication Type.

 

1963 - 2005
Index to Jewish Periodicals
Electronic edition: 1988- present
Citations.
Print edition: 1963-2006
Auxiliary Library Facility
AI3.I38
Search tip: in Advanced Search, enter "review" as a search term.

 

1981 - present
Catholic Periodical and Literature Index
Citations.
Search tip: in Advanced Search, select Book Review from Publication Type.

 

1967 - 2005
Catholic Periodical and Literature Index (in print)
Auxiliary Library Facility
AI3 .C36

Book reviews are in a separate section at the end of each volume.

 

 

Return to top

 

 

BOOK REVIEWS IN NEWSPAPERS: MAJOR ELECTRONIC SOURCES

 

1980s - present
LexisNexis Academic
Use for foreign language searching also.
Search tip: go to Power Search and enter title, author and "review" in search box, using quotes around phrases, and connecting each component with the word and. For reviews in English, select All News (English, Full Text) in Select Sources and specify All available dates in the Specify Date box.

 

1985 - present
Factiva
Similar to LexisNexis Academic in coverage, with focus on news media.
Search tip: go to Search tab at top left of screen and enter your terms free text in search box, enclosing phrases in quotes and connect terms with "and". To search newspapers in foreign languages, specify language and region.

 

1800s - 2000s, varies by newspaper
ProQuest Historical Newspapers
ProQuest Historical Newspapers is a database consisting of full articles from several twentieth century U.S. newspapers. Titles and dates are as follows: Atlanta Daily World 1932-2003, Atlanta World 1931-1932, The Chicago Daily Defender (Big Weekend Edition) 1966-1973, Chicago Daily Defernder (Daily Edition) 1960-1973, Chicago Daily Tribune 1847-1858, Chicago Daily Tribune 1872-1963, The Chicago Defender (Big Weekend Edition) 1973-1975, Chicago Defender (Daily Edition) 1973-1975, The Chicago Defender (National Edition) 1921-1967, Chicago Press and Tribune 1858-1860, Chicago Tribune 1860-1872, Chicago Tribune 1963- current file, Courier 1950-1954, Daily Defender 1956- 1960, Los Angeles Sentinal 1934-2005, Los Angeles Times 1881-1886 Los Angeles Times 1886-current file, New Pittsburgh Courier 1966-1981, New Pittsburgh Courier 1981-2002, New York Amsterdam News 1938-1941, New York Amsterdam News 1938-1941 city edition, New York Amsterdam News 1943-1961 city edition, New York Amsterdam News 1962-1993,New York Amsterdam Star-News 1941-1943,New York Daily Times 1851-1857, New York Star & Amsterdam News 1941-1941, New York Times 1857-current file, The Pittsburgh Courier 1911-1950, Pittsburgh Courier 1955-1956, The Washington Post 1877-1954, The Washington Post 1974- current file, The Washington Post and Times Herald 1954-1959, The Washington Post Times Herald 1959-1973.
You may also search each of the titles individually

 

Suggested source for English language newspaper book reviews

New York Times
1851 - Present, with a two year embargo period

New York Times
The times contains both daily review and the Sunday Book review section

LexisNexis
Mid 1980s - present
Full-text

Lexis-Nexis Academic

Shakespeare Collection
Coverage varies

Indexed
Shakespeare Collection

Times (London)
1785 - 1985
full-text
Times Digital Archive (The Times, London)

Access World NewsAccess World News
1985 - present
Full-text

Access World News

 

BOOK REVIEWS ON THE WEB

 

There is a wealth of book review sites on the Web, especially for general interest and fiction titles. Browse through Yahoo’s directory at http://dir.yahoo.com/Arts/Humanities/Literature/Revi ews/ to see a sampling.
Although primarily a bookselling site, www.amazon.com sometimes includes published book reviews, as well as those submitted by the general public – although these are of variable quality.

Increasingly, readers are looking at blogs for book reviews. Remember that such reviews have no institutional backing or endorsement, and issues of accuracy apply to them as to anything else you might read on the web. However, they’re interesting, newsy and often discuss books which pass under the radar of the mainstream media. Here’s a selection:
marksarvas.blogs.com/elegvar/
http://bookslut.com/
http://beatrice.com/
http://syntaxofthings.typepad.com/

 

MORE WAYS TO FIND BOOK REVIEWS

 

There are other ways of accessing reviews, among them:

IUCAT

  • For books containing book reviews, go to IUCAT Search and enter "book reviews" as a subject search. Refine your results using the facets on the left-hand sidebar of your results.
  • Browse scholarly journals in the field of study; many journals have their own review section, some very extensive.