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Book Reviews: Finding Book Reviews

This guide provides links to various sources of book reviews.

Finding Book Reviews

How to Begin:

To find a book review, you must have the following correct information.  Usually this is found in the first few pages of the book:

  • Year the book was first published--or year of important edition update you want.
  • Author's full name.
  • Complete title of book.

To Verify That This Information Is Correct:

If it is difficult to find the author's name, book title, or publication date, check these resources which should list this complete information.

Best Search Strategy

Here are some helpful tips when searching for your book review:

Use the publication date of your book, then add 1-2 years, and consult sources that fall within these time periods.  For example, 1968:  search sources that have cover 1968-1970. 

Once you're in the proper source for the date of the book, then search by title or author.

Sources will usually give:  A summary of the review (a citation) or the entire review. If just a summary is given, the entire review can be found

Use the best general sources first, then go to specific sources for your subject area.

Source: http://libguides.library.umkc.edu/book-reviews