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Research Guide: Book Reviews

  • Places to start

    Book Review Digest Online -a public library database
    Book Review Digest offers excerpts and full-text reviews on a wide range of topics from a variety sources. Review sources include newspapers, popular magazines and academic journals as far back as 1983. Watzek Library has it in print from 1905-1983. (more info)
    Book Review Digest
     Watzek has the print version back to 1905-1983.  We rely on the Public Library for the online database which covers from 1983 to the present. (more info)
    Book Review Index
    Locates book reviews in general magazines like the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly etc. A very useful print resource.
    New York Review of Books
    Provides full text reviews in the NYRB from 1963 to the present.
    Academic Search Premier
    Academic Search Premier is a comprehensive, scholarly, and multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 12,000 full-text periodicals, including more than 4,700 peer-reviewed journals. (more info)
    Use the advanced search function to search within a specific discipline.   (more info)
    LexisNexis Academic
    Full text of national, regional, and international newspapers, business, and legal sources and more. (more info)
    New York Times - Historical
    Provides access to full text articles, photos, and advertisements in the New York Times from 1851 through 2009. (more info)
    Choice Reviews Online
    An important source for reviews of academic books, electronic media, and Internet resources of interest to those in higher education. (more info)
  • Other Sources

    Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Scholarly Journals
    This outstanding set contains citations to reviews that appeared in more than 450 scholarly journals. Especially excellent for finding academic reviews of history, political science, and sociology books that were published or reviewed between 1886-1974. Available in print only.
    Index to Book Reviews in the Humanities
    Provides helpful access to older book reviews published in journals not indexed in the other sources listed here.
    H-net Book Reviews
    H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences is an online scholarly review resource. Each H-Net discussion network has its own review editor. Once posted to individual H-Net networks, reviews are posted to H-Review and archived on this site.
    Left Index
    Leads to articles in left-leaning periodicals about politics, economics, and society. (more info)
    AcqWeb's Directory of Book Reviews on the Web
    Provides links to book reviews found on the web. Some are scholarly, some less so.
    Arts & Letters Daily
    Sponsored by the Chronicle of Higher Education, Arts & Letters Daily's mission is to extract the "precious nuggets of real content" for its readers.
    New York Times' Book Reviews
    Full text of the NYT Books section's archive of reviews, news, and author interviews from 1981 to the present. Free access with registration.
  • Art

    Art Full Text
    Offers full text, abstracts, and indexing of an international array of publications. It now includes the Bibliography of the History of Art, 1975-2007. In addition to articles, includes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals. Art Index Retrospective and Art Museum Image Gallery included in Art Full Text. (more info)
    Art Index Retrospective
    Cites articles and reproductions of works of art from periodicals. (more info)
  • History

    America: History and Life
    Indexes the scholarly literature on the history of the U.S. and Canada. Includes links to full text of the articles also included in JSTOR. (more info)
    Historical Abstracts
    Indexes the scholarly literature on the history of the world, excluding the U.S. and Canada. Includes article abstracts and citations of books and dissertations on world history from 1450 to the present. See "America: History and Life" for U.S. and Canadian history. (more info)
  • Sociology

    Sociological Abstracts
    One of the most important indexes to the literature of sociology, cultural anthropology and related disciplines. Indexes 1800+ journals and other literature. (more info)
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