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Book Reviews

A book review is a critical evaluation of a book, usually published in periodicals such as journals and newspapers. A book review relects the reviewer's opinion or recommendation about the work. Scholarly reviews may be based on the book's organization; the author's writing style; possible market appeal; and cultural, political, or literary significance. Book reviews appear in respected journals such Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, Choice, and the New York Review of Books, and Booklist.

Book Review Indexes

An index is a specialized database that organizes information about the locations of articles in journals/magazines, reports and newspapers; and book chapters, papers in conference proceedings, and book reviews.

  • Indexes provide the complete bibliographic citation of an article, including the title of the article, author, name of the journal, volume number, the pages of the journal in which the article can be found, and a short summary, or abstract, of the article.
  • Some indexes are in book form, and some are electronic databases. Some eletronic databases do NOT provide the complete text of articles.

Print Resources:

Book Review Index (1965-1999) REF Z1035.A1 B6 1965

The Book Review Digest (1905-1998) REF Z1219 .C96

National Library Service Cumulative Book Review Index (1905-1974) REF Z1035.A1 N3 1975 v.1-6


Electronic Resources:

The best way to start searching for a review of a book is to type the title of the work as a keyword, and add "review" to the search as another keyword. Searching this way is likely to exclude works that are not critical reviews of the book.

Humanities International Complete
Full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources from around the world in all aspects of the humanities, including reviews. Coverage Range: Mid-1970s - present
Humanities Full Text
Covers journal articles in the humanities, archaeology, art, classics, film, folklore, history, journalism and communications, linguistics, literature, music, performing arts, and religion. Coverage Range: Indexing 1984+, Abstracting 1984+, "select" Full Text 1994+
Humanities and Social Sciences Retrospective
A bibliographic database that cites articles from English-language periodicals. Coverage includes a wide range of interdisciplinary fields covered in a broad array of humanities and social sciences journals. Coverage Range: 1907 to 1984
JSTOR
An interdisciplinary archive of over 600 journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Coverage Range: Historical & current publications up to 1 - 5 years from current date
Project Muse
Search journals published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Coverage Range: Historical and current
Reader's Guide Full Text
Index of articles published in approximately 175 popular magazines, news magazines, and other general interest periodicals. Coverage Range: Indexing 1983+, Abstracting1984+ and "select" Full Text 1994+

Book Review Journals and Periodicals

The following periodicals deal exclusively with books and book reviews.


Print (found on the lower level of the library):

Choice - Issues published from 1985 to 6 months ago.

New York Review of Books - Issues published from 1963 to present.

Times Literary Supplement - Issues from 1969-2001, 6 months ago to present.


Electronic:

Booklist

Choice Reviews Online - Contains reviews of books and electronic products related to higher education.

Kirkus Reviews

New York Times Book Review

Publishers Weekly

Times Literary Supplement - The publication's homepage. An online database of one of the world's great literary journals, a journal which scrutinized, dissected, applauded, and occasionally disparaged, the work of the twentieth century's leading writers and thinkers.

Film Reviews

A film review is an evaluative oral or written judgment about the quality of a movie, based upon various assumptions, facts, biases, etc. Professional film reviewers are known as critics; a film review usually includes a brief synopsis (avoiding spoilers, usually), a balanced notation of both the film's pros and cons, quotable wording, and some judgments. More extensive, in-depth film evaluations are called analytical essays.

Film Review Indexes

For information on indexes, please see above.


Print:

Retrospective Index to Film Periodicals, 1930-1971 REF PN1993 .B38 1975

Film Review Index REF PN1995 .F513

Selected Film Criticism (1896-1960) REF PN1995. S426 1982

The New York Times Film Reviews (1913-2000) REF PN1995. N4


Electronic:

Film Literature Index
The Film Literature Index (FLI) annually indexes 150 film and television periodicals from 30 countries. The periodicals range from the scholarly to the popular. More than 2,000 subject headings provide detailed analysis of the articles. The FLI Online contains approximately 700,000 citations to articles, film reviews and book reviews published between 1976-2001.
The best way to start searching for a review of a film in the following databases is to type the title of the work as a keyword, and add "review" to the search as another keyword. Searching this way is likely to exclude works that are not critical reviews of the film.
Humanities International Complete
Full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources from around the world in all aspects of the humanities, including reviews. Coverage Range: Mid-1970s - present
Humanities Full Text
Covers journal articles in the humanities, archaeology, art, classics, film, folklore, history, journalism and communications, linguistics, literature, music, performing arts, and religion. Coverage Range: Indexing 1984+, Abstracting 1984+, "select" Full Text 1994+
Humanities and Social Sciences Retospective
A bibliographic database that cites articles from English-language periodicals. Coverage includes a wide range of interdisciplinary fields covered in a broad array of humanities and social sciences journals. Coverage Range: 1907 to 1984
JSTOR
An interdisciplinary archive of over 600 journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Coverage Range: Historical & current publications up to 1-5 years from current date
Project Muse
Search journals published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Coverage Range: Historical and current
Reader's Guide Full Text
Index of articles published in approximately 175 popular magazines, news magazines, and other general interest periodicals. Coverage Range: Indexing 1983+, Abstracting1984+ and "select" Full Text 1994+

Film Review Journals and Periodicals

The following periodicals deal exclusively with film reviews.

Print:

Film Criticism - From 1986-1995 in print.

Film Comment - From 1990 to present in print.

Films in Review - From 1965-1975 in print.


Electronic:

Film Criticism - From 1976 to the present (electronic).

Film Comment - From 2002 to present (electronic).

Films in Review - From 1990-1997.

Theatre Reviews

A theater review is a critical evaluation of a performance, usually published in periodicals such as journals and newspapers. A theater review relects the reviewer's opinion or recommendation about the work. Scholarly reviews may be based on research and literary criticism.

Theatre Review Indexes

For information on indexes, please see above.


Electronic:

Humanities Full Text
A full-text database that covers journal articles in Archaeology, Area Studies, Art, Classical Studies, Communications, Dance, Film, Gender Studies, History, Journalism, Linguistics, literature, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, and Religion.
Humanities International Complete
Full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources from around the world in all aspects of the humanities, including reviews. Coverage Range: Mid-1970s - present
JSTOR
An interdisciplinary archive of over 600 journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
Literary Index
Gale's Literary Index is a master index to the major literature products published by Gale, including Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Critisicm, and Poetry Criticism.
Lexis-Nexis
Lexis-Nexis will provide you with full-text from newspapers around the world, for up to the past ten years.
MLA International Bibliography
The premier scholarly index for literature, language, linguistics, and folklore from the Modern Language Association.
Project Muse
Project Muse covers numerous subject fields in the humanities, the social sciences, and the arts, including history. Journals covered by Project Muse are scholarly and peer-reviewed, published by a not-for-profit press or scholarly society, and be a sensible fit with titles in the humanities, the social sciences and the arts.

Theatre Review Journals and Periodicals

The following periodicals deal with theater reviews.

Print:

Contemporary Theatre Review - From 2005 to present.

Theatre Record - From 2005 to present.

Latin American Theatre Review - From 1967 to present.


Electronic:

Asian Theatre Journal - From 1984 to present.

Canadian Theatre Review - From 1997 to 6 months ago.

TDR (The Drama Review) - From 1988 to present.

Theatre Journal - From 1979 to present.