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Book reviews offer critical reaction to a work, usually within a year or two of its publication. Reviews vary in length and authority but can occasionally be long scholarly essays on a work, an author, or a subject. More often, book reviews supply a summary of the book's content and the reviewer's reactions to it.
This is a selective bibliography of sources for reviews of works in the social sciences and humanities, including some major book reviewing periodicals in various disciplines. Search Franklin under the subject keyword phrase books reviews periodicals to identify additional sources.
Print.[Van Pelt Library Reference Stacks: Z1035 .A1 B6] Indexes all reviews in about 215 English-language journals, including reviews of fiction, non-fiction and children's books. Monthly with quarterly and annual cumulations. Covers 1966-present.
Online. Provide summaries of classic literature as well as current best sellers with 500 new reviews added each year. Magill Book Reviews are unique to EBSCO products and not available as a printed collection.
Print.[Van Pelt Library Reference Stacks: Z1035 .A1 C64] Index by author name to book reviews in 459 scholarly journals in history, political science, and sociology. Short notices as well as full-length reviews included. Reviewers' names not given.
Print. [Van Pelt Library Reference Stacks: Z1035 .A1 N38] Six-volume [3 alphabetically by author, 3 by title] cumulative index to reviews cited in Book Review Digest plus those published in Saturday Review [1924-1974], Library Journal [1907-1974], and Choice [1969-1974].
Bibliographie der Rezensionen=International Bibliography of Book Reviews (IBR). 77 vols., 1900-1943. Leipzig: Dietrich, 1901-1944.
Print. [Various locations: see Franklin: Catalog]
Index to reviews in 3000+ German-language serials from 1901 until 1911 and from 1911 to 1943 [except 1916-1924]. German and non-German serials. By 1943, 5000 German and 4000 other titles were indexed, including 50 newspapers. Indexes some English-language titles not included in Book Review Digest.
[Van Pelt Library: AI9 .B6]
Print. Published in four sections: A - index of periodicals consulted [4000+]; B - classified subject index [in German, with references from English and French equivalents] of book reviews; C - index of book reviews by reviewed authors; D - index of book reviews by reviewer. International; major western language journals; all subjects, including scientific ones.