Researching a Topic in Four Easy Steps:
Step 3d: Consider using alternate types of material - Book Reviews
Reviews of books appear in journals and monographs. Books may be
reviewed individually, or a group of related books may be reviewed and compared.
Though short notices or summaries of a book often appear fairly quickly after
its publication, scholarly book reviews usually don't appear in journals until
a year or two after.
You might want to consult book reviews:
- as shortcuts to learning about the content of books
- for information about the status and importance of a book
- as summaries of work in your subject area
Where you should look for a book review depends on whether the book in question
is popular or scholarly, current or historical. There are general indexes to
book reviews as well as subject-specific indexes. Click
here for more information about finding book reviews.
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