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Book Reviews

Book Reviews and their Publication

What are book reviews?

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.

When are book reviews published?

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.

What You Need to Know to Find Book Reviews

What do I need to know about the book to find a book review?

  1. The author of the book
  2. The title of the book
  3. When the book was published

How do I find this information?

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:

I need help finding this information.

Librarians at MSU Libraries can help you locate this information.

To connect with a librarian:

Once you know the author, title, and publication date of the book, you can search for book reviews effectively.

Searching for Book Reviews

How do I search for book reviews?

The resources listed under the General Sources tab are recommended starting points.

A few contain full text book reviews such as:

  • Expanded Academic ASAP
  • Lexis Nexis Academic Universe
  • New York Times
  • Proquest
  • Wilson Select

The Book Review Digest contains book review excerpts (plus citations to the source).

The rest provide only citations to where the book reviews can be found. If this is the case, check the MSU Libraries Online Catalog to find out whether we own the source journal and where it is located. If we don't own the book or journal you are interested in, don't forget that interlibrary loan is always an option.

And finally, if in doubt, stop by the Main Library Reference Desk and ask one of the librarians on duty for assistance. Usually they can answer your questions immediately but occasionally they may have to make a referral to another subject specialist.   Not in the library?  Visit our Ask A Librarian page if you want to consult electronically.

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