More on Book Reviews:
There are general indexes and subject-specific indexes to book reviews. The
indexes sometimes provide excerpts of reviews, but you usually will need to
go to the source being cited to find the full text of the review. You may need
to consult Orbis to verify that Yale has the periodical or other source being
cited, and to determine its location.
The full texts of book reviews are available in some online electronic journals
and via Nexis. General indexes to book reviews The following general
indexes are the best sources for locating book reviews of a broad range of English-language
fiction and nonfiction works:
Some of these indexes will include book reviews back to the early 20th century.
For earlier book reviews, consult the historical bibliographic tools recommended
by the Primary Resources research guide. Subject-specific
indexes to book reviews
- Book Review Digest (New York: H.W. Wilson, 1905- )
SML Subject Bibliography, Z1219 B66 (LC)
to Book Review Digest Plus
- Book Review Digest, produced by the H.W. Wilson Company, is a bibliographic
database that cites and provides excerpts of reviews of current English-language
fiction and non-fiction books for children and adults. An abstract of each
book is also provided. Periodical coverage includes approximately 100 leading
magazines from the United States, Canada and Great Britain.
- Book Review Index(Detroit: Gale, 1965-)
SML Starr Main Reference Room, Index Case and stacks, Z1035 A1 B66 (LC)
Connect to Book Review Index Online
- Indexes reviews appearing in about 450 periodicals, primarily in the fields
of general fiction and nonfiction, humanities, social sciences, librarianship,
and bibliography. This index covers more periodicals but does not provide
abstracts of the books or excerpts from the reviews.
- The New York Times Index(New York: New York Times Co., 1913-)
SML, Starr Main Reference Room, Index Case and stacks AI21 N44 (LC)
For more substantive reviews of scholarly works, consult subject-specific indexes.
Check the Subject Guide for
your area of interest to identify the major indexes and bibliographies in your
field, or make an Orbis search for book reviews by subject. In some cases there
may be works that specifically index book reviews, but keep in mind that many
of the more general indexes in various fields also include references to book
reviews. Full text book reviews
The full texts of book reviews increasingly will be available via the Internet.
Check the Subject Guide for
your area of interest to learn about electronic journals available in your field.
Current full text book reviews can also be accessed via Academic
Universe. A sample search would be:
book w/2 review and updike
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