The most important thing to know when you are looking for a book review is the date that the book was published since reviews usually appear within a year or two of publication. If you do not know the date of publication and do not have a copy of the book, check the library catalog. If the book is not in the library catalog, consult
a reference librarian.
When you know the year of publication, you can choose an appropriate index or database from the list below. If you choose an electronic index, be sure that the index includes materials from the year your book was published. If you choose the paper version of an index, begin by looking in the index that covers the year the book was published, and then try the next one or two volumes of the index.
The following indexes and full-text databases are usually a good bet.
For more indexes and full-text databases for finding books reviews, see Book review research tools
If you used an index to locate references to reviews, you then need to see if the library has the magazine, journal, or newspaper in which the review was published. Perform a journal title search in the library catalog for the title of the magazine, journal, or newspaper (not the title of the article). If you need assistance, ask at the reference desk.
Still can’t find a review?
If you’re looking for reviews of a scholarly book and can’t find anything in the sources listed above, you can sometimes use subject-specific indexes to locate reviews in scholarly journals. Consult a reference librarian for assistance.
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