Book Reviews Guide

The following databases, print resources, and Web sources will help you locate book reviews. These sources primarily cover general nonfiction, fiction, and the humanities. Social sciences are also covered in the ProQuest databases, Book Review Index, Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature, and the Social Sciences Citation Index.

Database Sources:

ABI/Inform see: Proquest

Ethnic NewsWatch see: Proquest

GenderWatch see: Proquest

Academic Search
Search for the author's name and/or the title keywords and select the document type: "book review".

In the Search Terms field type the author's name or title keywords and select "author" or "title" from the drop down list.

Select Journal Disciplines: put checkmarks in relevant subject area, you can select more than one area.
Under Refine Your Search select the Limit by Type option, Deselect "articles" and select: "reviews" and/or "opinion pieces".

You may want to change your Printing or Download settings to "economy .pdf" for faster printing from home.

Lexis/Nexis Academic
Select "Guided News Search." From that Screen select the "Arts & Sport" News Category and "Book, Movie, Music, and Play Reviews" as the News Source. Enter the author's last name in one search box, and the title of the book in another. The date range is automatically set for six months, so select a longer date range for older reviews.

Project Muse
Contains recent volumes of selected journals from 1995 to the current issue. Search for Author name or Title words and select (within) "author reviewed" or "title reviewed" from the drop down menu.

Includes both general and subject oriented databases. It is automatically set to search ProQuest Newspapers. Enter the author's last name and the title of the book in the Basic Search box. If you don't want to search newspapers exclusively, click Select Multiple Databases and either select All Databases or chose between ABI/Inform (business, economics, and general), Ethnic NewsWatch, and/or GenderWatch.

Web Reviews:


Booksenses (Independent publishers and bookstores)

New York Review of Books

All Readers (Popular orientation)

Yahoo Book Reviews

Print Sources:

Arts and Humanities Citation Index 1978 - 1993.
Library Call Number: ind NX1 A7 Search for the author/title in the citation volume.

Book Review Index 1965-2003.
Library Call Number: index Z 1035 A1 B58

Book Review Digest 1905-1995.
Library Call Number: index Z 1035 A1 C96

Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Scholarly Journals 1886-1974.
Library Call Number: index Z 1035 C64. Probably the quickest, easiest source for the dates covered.

Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Humanities Journals 1802-1974.
Library Call Number: index Z 1035 A1 C63

Humanities Index 1974-1993.
Library Call Number: index AI 3 H8
The end of each volume has a book review index.

Index to Book Reviews in the Humanities 1960-1989.
Library Call Number: index AI 3 I55

Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature 1900-present.
Library Call Number: index AI 3 R4

Social Science Citation Index 1969-2005.
Library Call Number: index H 1 S63
Search for author in the citation volume, reviews are indicated with a "B".

Citation Formats:

Citation Formats and Style Manuals Web Links

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