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History Resources: Book Reviews

Online Book Review Sources

General Review Information

Reviews are valuable tools for evaluating books. The first reviews available on a particular title are most often short pieces in newspapers, magazines and online review sources.

Enter the title of the book in the search field in quotes, and select "review" as the document type. See the database help files for details. 

Scholarly or academic book reviews in peer-reviewed journals take a longer to be published, typically 1-2 years after publication.

Print Book Review Sources

Many older book reviews can only be found in print resources. These resources are little used today, and most are in storage. They include:

Book Review Digest [1905-January,1999]
Provides citations and excerpts of book reviews from about 90 periodicals.
CENTRAL ANNEX Z1219 .C95

Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Humanities Journals, 1802-1974
Index for book reviews in 150 humanities journals.
CENTRAL REFERENCE 6th FL Z1035.A1 C65  

Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Scholarly Journals, 1886-1974
Index for book reviews in 459 scholarly journals in history, political science, and sociology.
CENTRAL ANNEX Z1035.A1 C6

C.R.I.S.: The Combined Retrospective Index to Journals in History, 1838-1974
11 volumes. CENTRAL ANNEX Z6205 .C18

C.R.I.S.: The Combined Retrospective Index to Journals in Political Science, 1886-1974
8 volumes. CENTRAL ANNEX Z7163 .C18.

National Library Service Cumulative Book Review Index, 1905-1974
6 volumes. CENTRAL ANNEX Z1035.A1 N35 1975.