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Book reviews are articles that critically examine published works.

When searching for book reviews, consider starting the search with the year that the book was published. Since book reviews may be published several years after the book’s release, it is a good idea to check the 3-4 succeeding years as well.

Book reviews of recent publications may be found in electronic databases and indexes. Reviews for older publications are often best found through print indexes of journals. Note that some databases, such as JSTOR, are exceptions to the rule, as they carry early volumes of journals.


Getting Started

Gathering the following information will aid you in the search process:

  • Complete title of the book
  • Author’s name
  • Publication date
  • Subject of the book

If you don’t have this information about the book, you may be able to get more information from Hawaii Voyager, the library’s online catalog.


Database Search Hints

  • Try a keyword search for the title of the book and the word “review” or “reviews.”
  • In some databases, you can limit the search to document type. For example, you can search the MLA International Bibliography database by limiting the search to “book article.”
  • You can also search for book reviews in subject-specific databases or indexes. For example, Business Source Premier would be good place to look for reviews of new business books.
  • Some of the databases and indexes offer full-text book reviews, while others provide citations and sometimes abstracts.
  • If the full text is not included in the database, use the button to locate an electronic copy of the article.

To get the full review from databases and indexes that provide only citation information, follow these steps:

  • Try the “find it” link to locate an electronic copy of the book review.
  • If an electronic copy is not available, search the Hawaii Voyager library catalog to see if that particular journal is included in our print collection.
  • When you find the journal in the catalog, note the call number. You will need this to locate the journal and the book review.
  • Make sure you have written down the citation information for the book review (journal name, volume, year, page numbers, etc.)
  • If we do not have the journal in the print collection, you may place a request for the library to obtain the review for you using our interlibrary loan service, or look for other reviews.

Selected Electronic Resources for Book Reviews

  • Academic Search Premier
    Multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.
  • Alt-PressWatch
    Alt-PressWatch is a full text database comprised of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the alternative and independent press. Current coverage includes approximately 100 titles going back to 1995. NOTE: Only 2 users allowed at one time. If you cannot login, try again later.
    JSTOR provides full-text journal backfiles in many disciplines (humanities, social sciences, business, general science and more).
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Lexis Nexis database of full text articles back more than 20 years from over 5600 publications, including many of the world's major newspapers.
  • MLA (Modern Language Association) International Bibliography  
    This is the preeminent online index for books and articles about modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. It dates back to 1963 and contains over 1.6 million citations from more than 4,400 periodicals (including peer-reviewed e-journals). Includes indexing for New York Review of Books (1989-present) and New York Times Book Review (1989-present).
  • New York Times Sunday Book Review
    Searchable 1981-present.
  • Newspaper Source
    This collection provides selected full text coverage for more than 240 newspapers and other sources. It includes cover-to-cover full text for USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor and The Times (London) as well as selected full text from more than 180 regional newspapers including: Boston Globe, Detroit Free Press, Houston Chronicle, Miami Herald, San Jose Mercury News, etc. Full text transcripts are also included from Face the Nation, CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes, and more.
  • OneSearch Manoa
    OneSearch Manoa is a discovery tool that searches the Voyager online book catalog, digital collections, e-resources, databases, and many other resources in one easy search. OneSearch also links to full-text content in our collections.

Print Resources for Book Reviews

The following print resources focus on book reviews:

  • Index to Book Reviews in the Humanities (1960-1990) / Reference Z1035 .A1 I63
  • Book Review Digest (1905-2005) Reference Z1219 .B644
  • Book Review Index (1965-present) Reference Z1035 .A1 B6
  • Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Humanities Journals (1802-1974) Reference AI3 .C652
  • Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Scholarly Journals (1886-1974) Reference Z1035 .A1 C64
  • Index to Book Reviews in Historical Periodicals (1973-1974) Z6205 .B73
  • New York Times Book Review (1896-1970) Z1035 .A1 N473 (See the New York Times Index for more recent reviews)

Other resources that might include book reviews include:

  • Humanities Index (1974-1993, June 2002-present) Reference AI3 .H85
  • Nineteenth Century Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature (1890-1899) Reference AI3 .R47
  • New York Times Index (1851-present) Reference AI21 .N42
  • Poole’s Index to Periodical Literature (1802-1906) Reference AI3 .P7
  • Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature (1901-present) Reference AI3 .R48
  • Social Sciences Index (1907-present) Reference AI3 .S65

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