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History: A Guide to McFarlin Library Resources: Book Reviews

A guide to online and print sources available through McFarlin Library

Book Reviews

Book reviews provide descriptions and evaluations of published works. Reviews should place the book in the framework of the subject in general and possibly, other books on the topic.

Sources of book reviews

Online full text


New York Times, Historical (1851-3 years ago)

New York Times Book Review  (2001-to date)

EBSCOhost      You may choose one or more databases to cross-search depending on the topic of your book. While some of these databases are indexes/abstracts, they may link to other available full text 

Project Muse

H-Net Reviews

The Unexpected


      Amazon will often tell you who the author is, books that cite your 

   book, editorial comments you can research further.

Google Scholar

Print resources

Book review digest (1922-2008 ) Ref Z1035.A1 B58

Book review index   (1965-2007) Ref Z1035.A1 B6

Combined retrospective index to book reviews in scholarly journals, 1886-1974 Z1035.A1 C6

Index to book reviews in historical periodicals (1972-1976) D20.B73

Index to book reviews in the humanities (1960-1987) Z1035.A1 I63

Other book review resources can be found by checking the Library's catalog for book reviews under a general subject search, eg. History - Book reviews.


Use the publication date as a reference point when looking for reviews. For the most part, general reviews will appear within the first few months of publication. Scholarly reviews may take up to a year or more to appear.

Use the publication date of the hardback edition if you have a paperback which was published later.

In a few cases, a book may have been published earlier in another country under a different title.

When searching our online databases it may help to:

  •       Type the name of the book in quotation marks
  •       Add the author as a search term
  •       Limit the search to book reviews if this option is available.