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.
- 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
- In many indexes or databases, one can limit a search to book reviews only.