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Search techniques and resources for book reviews

Reviews evaluate content and quality to help you decide if the book is worth reading, usually they appear within a year or so of the work reviewed. Searching reviews in online databases listed here is easily done.   Choose a source for magazine or newspaper articles if the book you want is popular, for general audience. Try the scholarly databases if the book is academic or about a specialized topic.

Book reviews are different from literary criticism, which is often written long after the work in question,  see related guide below.

Online scholarly

Scholarly article databases that include book reviews

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Article databases--for reviews in magazines and newspapers

Related Guides

Choice reviews

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Search strategy

Verify the author's name, book title and date of publication using Google, a library catalog or contemporary authors database, linked below.

Sample search, combine author's name AND titie, eg.  Goodwin AND "Team of Rivals" 

Indexes--for historic/retrospective reviews