How to Find Reviews

To locate a review, identify:

  • author's name
  • title
  • year of publication or production

Print Sources

Book Review Digest (1905-1983)

  • Index of mainly popular magazines.

Book Review Index (1965- )

  • Index of reviews in humanities and social sciences.

Booklist (1969- )

  • Indexed in Academic Search Premier since 8/93; full text since 1/2002. Prior to 2002 indexed in Book Review Digest.

New York Times Book Review

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Online Sources


  • Go to Advanced Search.
  • Type book title in quotation marks.
  • Limit your results under Document Type to "Book Review" ("Review of book" in RILM; "Review" in ATLA).

    Academic Search Premier
    --Indexes New York Times Book Review and New York Review of Books since 1989, neither full text. (For NYTBR full text, see above; for NYTRoB, find microfiche or print in library.)
    -- Indexes Booklist since 8/93; full text since 1/2002.

SocINDEX With Full Text
This sociology research database contains full text for 860 journals, with many more indexed.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA)
LISTA indexes more than 735 periodicals, including Choice (the American Library Association review journal) back to 2003. The library has print back issues for Choice.

ATLA Religion Database American Theological Library Association, premier index to journal articles and book reviews in all fields of religion.

Business Source Premier (1886- , full text)

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (1967- ; abstracts)

Peace Research Abstracts (app. 1970- ; abstracts)

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Other Online Sources

Journal of Religion, Conflict, and Peace, Joe Liechty ed. Search the journal directly.

H-Net Reviews. Enter title or search terms.

Historical New York Times

  • For most recent 3 years, see Academic Search Premier and find print issue--see above.
  • Before 3 years ago, go to Historical New York Times database.
  • Type in title of book using quotes around the title.
  • Click on "More Search Options."
  • Select "Review" as Document Type.


  • Go to "Advanced Search."
  • Narrow by "Item Type;" check "Review."
  • Enter book title in double quotes in search field.


  • Select "News," and "all news" categories (left-hand navigation menu)
  • Type title of book/movie
  • Select "Book Reviews" box under Article Type

Project MUSE

  • Under "Additional Search Options," check "Reviews Only" and "Include JSTOR back issues."
  • Enter book title in double quotes in search field.
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For further assistance, ask a Reference Librarian.

Updated 10-Mar-2011 SWH