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Book Reviews


Locating reviews in journals and magazines

Academic Search Complete GALILEO logo from EBSCOhost
Locates reviews in popular magazines as well as in scholarly journals; many are provided full text. Search for the book title because the author's name is not indexed. To limit your search to book reviews, select Book Reviews as the Document Type in the Advanced Search mode.

Research Library GALILEO logo from ProQuest
Similar to Ebsco's Academic Search Premier. To limit to book reviews, do an Advanced Search and type book review in one of the search boxes targeting the Subject field. Use another box for title words or author's last name. You can also search the full text of book reviews by targeting the Document Text.

Readers' Guide Full Text Provides access to popular general-interest periodicals.

Locating reviews in newspapers

ProQuest Newspapers GALILEO logo from ProQuest
Provides full text for five newspapers: Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, and New York Times. You can limit your search to the New York Times Book Review or Magazine. This is the only database providing full text of the Wall Street Journal or the L.A. Times, and it provides more years of full text than Ebsco's Newspaper Source or Lexis Nexis on GALILEO.

Newspaper Source GALILEO logo from EBSCOhost
Cites book reviews in newspapers such as the New York Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Washington Post, and Boston Globe. Use the Advanced Search mode to limit your search to book reviews. Does not provide the full text of most reviews, but they may be available in Lexis Nexis on GALILEO.

Databases for books

Book Index with Reviews GALILEO logo from EBSCOhost
Provides information on over 3.8 million book titles including over 800,000 brief reviews.

Choice Reviews
Brief reviews of books and websites for academic libraries from the American Library Association.

Paper Indexes

Book Review Index
This annual publication is the most comprehensive index to book reviews. Begin with the volume for the year in which the book was published (or re-issued) and look up the title or author's name to find journals or magazines having reviews of the book with issue dates and page numbers. Lane Library's Reference Collection: REF Z1035

Book Review Digest
This index to book reviews supplies brief quotes from the reviews. Library owns volumes from 1905 to the present: Reference Collection: REF Z1219 .B724

Web Sites

Selected Reference Books in Lane library

50 Years of Good Reading. REF AC5 .F43 2000
50 Years of Notable Books. REF Z1035.A1 A44 1996
Classics of the Western World. REF Z1035 .C6 1943
Good Reading: A Guide for Serious Readers. REF Z1035 .G63 1990
The Reader's Catalog. REF Z1035 .R263 1997
The Reader's Adviser: A Layman's Guide to Literature. REF Z1035 .R42 1986.

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