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Book reviews

General Sources | Humanities and Social Sciences | Sciences | Historical Reviews | Additional Book Review Resources

Book reviews are critical articles or essays in which reviewers evaluate recently published books. Unlike other kinds of critical studies of books and authors, book reviews generally appear within a year or two of a book's publication. To locate a review of a particular book, you will need to know the book's title, author, and approximate year of publication. This information may be available from the Five College Library Catalogs . For assistance finding additional information on a book or author, consult the Library's Finding Journal Articles page.

Current book reviews 

Book Review Digest Plus (1983 --)
TLS (Times Literary Supplement)
Guardian Unlimited Books
London Review of Books
New York Review of Books and Archive (1963 --)
New York Times Book Review
Washington Post Book Reviews

General sources with some book reviews

Academic Search Premier  Search for the name of the book in default fields, and add book review as "Document Type".
Academic OneFile Search for the title of the book
All Africa: Books and Book Reviews
Lexis-Nexis Academic: Book Reviews
Ethnic News Watch
In "Type of Article" select BOOK REVIEW
Gender Watch In "Type of Article" select BOOK REVIEW
ProQuest Newspapers  Eighteen newspapers, mostly from New England; includes Boston Globe. 

Humanities and Social Sciences

America: History & Life or Historical Abstracts  In "Document Type" select Book Reviews
Arts and Humanities Search Limit "Article Type Phrase" to Book Review
Contemporary Literary Criticism Select "Title Search" and search for title keywords
Econlit with full-text  Run a preliminary search for title keywords than limit "Publication Types" to Book Reviews
Literature Resource Center Search by "Name of Work" and/or "Person-By or About" and limit "Document Type" to Book Review
New York Review of Books Online Archive (1963-- )

Sciences

E-STREAMS  Electronic Reviews of Science & Technology References covering Engineering, Agriculture, Medicine and Sciences
BOOKNews New books in Science, Technology and Medicine
PsycInfo Limit "Document Type" to Review-Book
ScienceDirect Limit by document type Book Reviews 

Historical Reviews
For reviews of older books, you may need to use the following -- including paper resources in the Reference Area:

American Periodicals Series  (1740-1940) Digitized reproductions of more than 1,100 18th and 19th century newspapers and periodicals.
Book Review Index : a Master Cumulation, 1965-1992 AC/Reference Z1035.A1 B62 1985
Book Review Digest (1905-1999) AC/Reference Z1219 .C95 ; online: Book Review Digest Retro (1905-1982), Book Review Digest Plus (1983- )
Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Scholarly Journals, 1886-1974 AC/Reference Z1035.A1 C64
Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Humanities Journals, 1802-1974 AC/Reference Z6265 .C65 1982
Index to Book Reviews in the Humanities (1960-1990) AC/Reference Z1035.A1 I6
New York Review of Books Online Archive (1963 --)
ProQuest Historical Newspapers  Combined search of the historic Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Washington Post.

Additional book review resources
Reviews of popular and academic books can also be found at the following websites:

H-Net reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Choice: Current reviews for Academic Libraries
Publisher's Weekly

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