Book Reviews

FIRST: Know when the book was published. Your search will need to center around this date.

In the library

  • ArticleFirst
    Indexes articles using journals' tables of contents: 1990 to the present.
  • Book Review Digest
    The most complete source we have is Book Review Digest which covers publication dates from 1905 through 1983. Located in print format in the reference area.
  • Book Review Index
    Indexes reviews from over 500 publications in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. Covers 1965-2003. Located in print format in the reference area.
  • Books In Print
    Access to Bowker's Books In Print® database of over 4 million titles that are available in the U.S. and Canada, as well as Whitaker's British Books In Print® database of over 1 million titles available in the U.K. Also includes Books Out-of-Print, Children's Books In Print, and Forthcoming Books. Over 500,000 full-text reviews are available.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Use the "General" search
    1. Select "Major U.S. and World Publications"
    2. Enter the author or title and "book review" in the search box.
    3. Indicate the approximate range of dates.
    4. Click "Search."
  • Poole's Index to Periodical Literature
    The library has v.1,1802 through v.6,1906 in print formate in the reference area.
  • Readers' Guide Retrospective
    The ultimate index of subjects in the popular press from 1890 to 1982.

On the Web

For help writing a book review

If you have been unable to find your book reviewed in the above sources, Ask a Librarian. There may be other indexes and resources that apply to your particular book.