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Why to use and how to find book reviews.
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Uses of Book Reviews

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.
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  • Surveying many reviews can provide an overview of the critical reception of a book.
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  • Reviews themselves can range from one paragraph to several pages, from popular to scholarly.
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  • For book review sources in particular subject areas, see the Library's
    subject guides.
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  • In many indexes or databases, one can limit a search to book reviews only.

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