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Current Book Reviews

Book Review Databases

Multidisciplinary Databases that Include Reviews

Newspaper Databases that Include Reviews

Subject Databases that Include Reviews

These are just a selection of databases that include book reviews. For additional databases check the research guide for the subject.



Social Sciences

Tips for Finding Book Reviews

When looking for reviews you need to have the following information about the book:

  • Author
  • Title
  • Year of Publication  [this will determine which sources to use]

Things to keep in mind:

  • Most books are never reviewed so don't be surprised if you cannot locate a review.
  • There is a timelag before a review is published. This means it may be difficult to find reviews of very recent books.
  • The earliest reviews are published in newspapers and in special review magazines for libraries such as Choice Reviews Online (see note about creating a personal account) and Booklist. These reviews tend to be more descriptive than substantive.   
  • Reviews in scholarly journals may not be published until 2 or 3 years later.

Locating Reviews of Older Books

Use the following databases and printed sources to find book reviews published prior to the 1980s.