Sleuthing for Book Reviews

  • Find the publication date of the book.
  • From the options below, find a review source that covers the book's publication date and subject area.

Electronic and Online Sources

ATLA Religion Database - This database contains more than 432,000 book review citations. Choose "Review" in the Publication Type dropdown menu to limit results to reviews only.

Book Review Digest (1983-present) - Indexes English-language reviews of fiction and nonfiction books for adults and children published in US, Canadian, and British periodicals.

Book Review Index (1965-present) - This is a good source for scholarly reviews. Search option limits include: refereed publications only; length of review; reading level of book; and review type (audiobook, ebook, or printed monograph).

Catholic Periodical and Literature Index (1981-present) - Allows results to be limited to book reviews in the "Publication Type" dropdown box. Covers materials related to Catholic life, published by Catholic publishers, and published in Roman Catholic periodicals.

Index to Jewish Periodicals (1988-present) - Contains English-language book reviews from journals devoted to Jewish affairs.

InfoTrac OneFile (1980-present) - Type "review!" in keyword box to limit results to reviews, and use other search boxes to specify author (of review), person (books by and articles about author), or title of the work being reviewed.

New York Review of Books (1963-present) - Includes current issues and archive. Use the "Archive" link on the top left side to browse or search for reviews from past issues.

Periodicals Index Online - Indexes millions of articles in more than 4500 periodicals in the humanities and social sciences, with some as old as 1665. Multiple languages are included. The "article search" feature includes an option to limit results to book reviews only.

ProQuest Religion (1986-present) - To limit to book reviews, select "Document Type" from dropdown menu, and type "book review" in search box. Note: Using "Author" search with this function retrieves the author of the book review, not the author of the book. To search for reviews of a certain author's work, place that name in a "Person" search.

H-Net Reviews - An online source for scholarly book reviews. This site maintains a browsable annual archive and also allows for directed searches. Reviews of software, websites, films, and museum exhibits are also included.

See also other general databases for use in searching book reviews.

Print Sources

Book Review Digest (1905 to 2004) - Perkins Reference Z1219 .C95
Access is by author, title, and subject. Excerpts of the reviews are included.

Book Review Index (1965-present) - Perkins Reference Z1035 .A1 B6
Author and title indexes are provided. No excerpts or ratings of the reviews are provided.

Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Humanities Journals, 1802-1974 - Perkins Reference AZ221 .C663 1982

Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Scholarly Journals, 1866-1974 - Perkins Reference Z1035 .A1 C64 1979

Index to Book Reviews in the Humanities, 1960-1990 - Perkins Reference Z1035 .A1 I63; also, Lilly Room 113, 050 I38