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Book Reviews: Reviews for Scholarly Work


Book reviews can be very useful in a number of ways during the research process.

  • They may often give:
    • information about the author,
    • a summary of the book's contents,
    • comparisons to other works in the field,
    • and of course evaluative comments.
  • Surveying many reviews can provide an overview of the critical reception of a book.
  • Reviews themselves can range from one paragraph to several pages, from popular to scholarly.
  • For book review sources in particular subject areas, see the Library's subject guides.
  • In many indexes or databases, one can limit a search to book reviews only.

The links below are to indexes that will include citations to reviews of general and popular works. For indexes in specific subject areas, see our individual subject guides.

Online Sources

Print Sources