Finding Book Reviews
You may need to use several resources to find reviews of a specific book. Depending on the date of publication, these resources may be electronic databases or print indexes.
Why might I need to use several electronic databases?
- A subject area database’s coverage of book reviews may be limited.
- A book review database’s coverage of subject areas may be limited.
- An academic book may not get many reviews, and a single database may not include journals that have published reviews of a specific book.
Why might I need to use print indexes?
- You may want to find reviews of older books, published before the electronic databases begin their coverage.
Tip: If you want a review of a recent reprint of an older work, you may need to include a search for reviews of the original publication.
- Current and recent specialized print indexes may include reviews that you cannot find in the available electronic databases.
- This is a good opportunity to use print resources if you prefer them.
Necessary Data; Or, What You Need to Know Before You Begin:
- General subject area (Biblical Studies, Theology, Ministry, History, etc.)
- Imprint (place of publication, publisher, date of publication, and, for a reprint, date of original publication)
Selected Electronic Resources (citations and/or full text)
Tip: Where possible, limit publication type to “Review.” This may require “Advanced Search.”
- ATLA Religion Database & ATLAS
- Academic OneFile
- ProQuest Research Library
- OmniFile Full Text Select (formerly H.W. Wilson …, now an EBSCO database)
- Review of Biblical Literature
Note: Other electronic resources that include book reviews may be accessed at the Library of The Claremont Colleges (e.g., Academic Search Premier, LexisNexis).
Some Print Resources in the CST Library (citations only, unless noted)
- Critical Review of Books in Religion (review essays) - Ref. BL1 .C74 1988-1998
- International Index to Periodicals - Social Sciences & Humanities Index - Ref. AI3 .R49 1907-73
- Index to Jewish Periodicals - Ref. Z6367 .I5 1963
- Catholic Periodical & Literature Index - Ref. AI3 .C3 1930
- Book Reviews of the Month (full-text) - Ref. Z7753 .B6 v. 1-20 (1962/63-1984)