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Book Reviews: Full-Text Reviews & Citations to Reviews

A guide to finding book reviews

Full-Text Reviews and Citations to Reviews

First use the Quest search tool on the libraries' home page.  Quest allows users to find print and online resources through a single interface. Try a search on the title of the book (in quotation marks) and its author.

The below databases (except for the MLA International Bibliography) and others produced by the same company can be searched one at a time or together (click on "Choose Databases" to select multiple databases). Note dates of book review coverage.  If your book was published in 1902, for example, you will not find a review in Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective, 1907-1984, as its coverage begins in 1907.

Note: If a review found in one of these book review sources is not full text, click on "Check for full text" to see if the entire review is available in another database or if the review source is in Simpson Library’s collection. 

For citations to reviews of older books, see Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Scholarly Journals, 1886-1974 (REFB Z 1035 .A1 C64). 

See also The Literary and Historical Index to American Magazines, 1800-1850 (REFB PN 523 .W371 2004), the two volumes of The Literary Index to American Magazines (1815-1865 and 1850-1900; REFB PN 523 .W__), and A Guide to Critical Reviews of United States Fiction, 1870-1910 (2 vols., REFB PS 371 .E35).

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