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Michigan State University

Book Reviews

General Sources

  • Date Coverage: 1990 to present
  • Searching Tips:
    1. In one of the search boxes, enter the title of the book and change the drop-down menu option from "Keyword" to "Title."
    2. In another search box, enter the phrase "book review" and leave the drop-down menu option as "Keyword."
  • Date Coverage: Retrospective coverage back to 1983
  • Description: An essential library tool that brings together book reviews on a wide range of topics and from a variety of sources. Unlike reviews on book-sale sites and the open Internet, which are often either thinly disguised marketing materials or the opinions of readers and customers, many of the reviews are serious, academic works. Currently provides every review appearing in any Wilson journal, including over two million reviews in all, including citations, generous excerpts from book reviews, over 225,000 full-text reviews, and over 118,000 new reviews added each year. Provides strong coverage of many subject areas, including both fiction and non-fiction, the humanities and social sciences, foreign language reviews, and narrow and specialized subjects. Includes both positive and negative evaluations. Includes links to previous reviews and daily updates.
    • Includes book reviews from the following Wilson databases: Applied Science & Technology Full Text, Art Full Text, Biological & Agricultural Index Plus, Education Full Text, General Science Full Text, Humanities Full Text, Index to Legal Periodicals & Books, Library Literature & Information Science Full Text, Readers' Guide Full Text, Social Sciences Full Text, and Wilson Business Full Text.
  • Searching Tips:
    1. Enter the title of the book and choose the "TI Title" option from the drop-down menu next to the search bar, or...
    2. Enter the author's name and choose the "AU Author Personal" option from the drop-down menu next to the search bar, or...
    3. Try a keyword search.
    4. Under "Document Type," select "Book Review."
  • Date Coverage: 1965 to present
  • Date Coverage: varies depending upon source
  • Searching Tips:
    1. In the main search bar, enter the title of the book.
    2. To the left of the main search bar, click "All Nexis Uni."
    3. Under "Narrow By," select "News."
    4. Limit "News Sources" to "Newspapers" or "Magazines & Journals."
  • Date Coverage: 1770-1995
  • Searching Tips:
    1. Select "Advanced Search."
    2. Enter the book title in the search bar.
    3. Limit "Document type" to "Review."
  • Date Coverage: 1851-2016
  • Description: Provides full text of book reviews.
  • Searching Tips: Under "Document type," select "Review."
  • Date Coverage: 1970 on, however, the majority of records begin in the 1990s.
  • Description: Includes full text of some book reviews.
  • Searching Tips:
    1. Select "Advanced Search."
    2. Enter the book title in the search bar.
    3. Limit "Document type" to "Review."
  • Date Coverage: 1902-2012
  • Date Coverage: 1905 to present
  • Description: Contains citations to and excerpts of reviews of current fiction and non-fiction appearing in a list of 95 pre-selected journals. Also provides the list of 95 journals from which the book reviews come.
  • Searching Tips: Arranged by author with subject index and cumulated title and subject indexes.
  • Date Coverage: 1802-1974
  • Description: Indexes more than 150 journals.
  • Searching Tips: Arranged alphabetically by author's last name with a separate title index (volume X).
  • Date Coverage: 1886-1974
  • Description: Indexes 459 journals in history, political science, and sociology.
  • Searching Tips: Arranged alphabetically by author's last name with a separate title index (vols. 13-15).
  • Date Coverage: 1980 to present
  • Description: Provides full text of book reviews.
  • Date Coverage: 1976 to present
  • Searching Tips: Look for the Book Reviews section at the end of each volume starting in 1976. Arranged alphabetically by the author of the book being reviewed.
  • Date Coverage: 2000-2013
  • Description: Focuses on reference and scholarly works in the social sciences and the humanities. Each quarterly issue carries over 3,000 titles (from several hundred publishers), arranged by subject (according to the Library of Congress classification scheme).
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