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Book Reviews: Sources

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Current Reviews

Magazines and newspapers with reviews of recent books.

Historical Reviews

Academic journals may have reviews of scholarly works, while long runs of newspapers and magazines will have reviews of popular books.

Online Sources

Print Sources

Scholarly Uses

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.