The purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of print and electronic resources which index reviews of books.
The guide begins with some points to bear in mind while researching book reviews. In subsequent sections are descriptive lists of the prominent indexes, databases, and free web sites where reviews of general interest books, as well as reviews of books in the broad humanities, social sciences, and general sciences, may be found.
Retrospective indexing sources are noteworthy for their coverage of reviews in scholarly humanities and social sciences journals, many of which were omitted from the more general book review indexes. Finally, the guide notes databases which index reviews of books in more specific subject areas.
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Book reviews may be found in a number of places depending upon the subject matter of the book. Reviews of books for the general reader, or popular books, may be found in sources which index general interest periodicals, while reviews of books written on specific subjects may be found in sources which index more scholarly, or academic, publications.