Book reviews are typically published by newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. These reviews describe and evaluate recently published books of fiction and non-fiction within their areas of interest.
Book reviews usually appear within a few months of publication for popular books, and some may even appear before a book is released. Reviews for academic books usually take a little longer, but will normally appear within a year or two of publication.
The easiest place to locate this kind of information is in the book itself, but if you no longer have it with you, try locating it in one of the following resources:
Librarians at MSU Libraries can help you locate this information.
To connect with a librarian:
Some sources in this guide contain full-text book reviews, some will give you an excerpt and a citation, and some will provide you with only the citation.
If this is the case, search the MSU Libraries online catalog for the source journal's title to find out whether we own it and how you can access it (electronically or print). If we don't own the book or journal you are interested in, request it via interlibrary loan.
If you need any assistance locating or accessing a book review, come into the Main Library to talk with a librarian at the Reference Desk, contact your subject specialist, or visit our Ask A Librarian page to chat electronically.