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Quick links to resources with book reviews
Literature Criticism Online (LCO)
Access a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres.
Literary Reference Center (LRC)
Access reference material on authors and their works. Includes synopses, criticisms, biographies, reviews, poems and images.
British Library Newspapers
British Library Newspapers contains the full runs of 48 newspapers specially selected by the British Library to best represent Great Britain in the nineteenth century. Includes national and regional newspapers representing different political and cultural segments of British society.
Daily Mail Historical Archive 1896-2004
Daily Mail Historical Archive 1896-2004 provides access to an online archive of every headline, article, editorial, announcement, image and advertisement published in the Daily Mail (London). Includes the Daily Mail Atlantic Edition, which was published on board the cruise ships that sailed between New York and Southampton between 1923 and 1931.
Globe and Mail (1844-2012)
Access full-page newspaper archive of The Globe and Mail from June 1844 to 2012.
Times Digital Archive, 1785-2012
Access the full-text of 200+ years of The Times (London).
Does not include the Sunday Times .
Sunday Times Digital Archive, 1822 – 2006
The Sunday Times Digital Archive, 1822 – 2006 provides access to The Sunday Times newspaper from 1822 until 2006. Contains over 800,000 pages of analysis and commentary on the weekly news and society at large.
What are book reviews?
Book reviews are typically short descriptions and evaluations of recently-published books. They may be found in newspapers, magazines, journals, or online, and may be written for a general public readership or for a specialized scholarly or professional audience. This guide offers tips on finding book reviews through the library's resources.
Finding Book Reviews in General and Subject-Specific Databases
Here are a few points to consider when searching these databases for book reviews:
Be sure that the database you're searching covers the subject area of the book. If you're looking for reviews of a book of literature, for example, use a literature database or a more general or multidisciplinary database.
Pay attention to what fields you are searching. Though some reviews are given a special title, most are simply given the title of the book they review, so it is often easiest to find reviews by typing in the name of the book. Note that the author field searches the author of the review, not the book, so don't search the book's author within the author field.
Sort or limit your results by date (ex. oldest to newest) in order to find contemporary reviews.
If you're interested in only scholarly reviews, look for an option to limit your search to peer-reviewed or refereed publications.
Because these databases often index articles, conference proceedings, books, and other materials in addition to reviews, look for an option to limit the document type to book reviews. If you select this option, your search results will include only book reviews.
Remember that though a database may index a review, it will not necessarily provide direct access to the full text of the review. If the full text is not directly available, a link to find the review in other databases, in print, or through interlibrary loan is usually provided.