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Finding Book Reviews in the FIU Libraries

This will help you exhaust all the resources at the FIU Libraries, both print and online, in the quest for a book review!

The first things to consider when looking for book reviews of a book are:

  • When was it published?
  • Is it a Scholarly or Popular work?
  • Is it Fiction or Non-fiction?

This will help you determine which database to search in; some databases may not cover the time your book was published or some may be more likely to cover reviews of non-fiction books versus novels, for example.

Of secondary importance, it would be helpful to know:

  • Is it a standalone work or part of a series? (many novels are)
  • Has it been reprinted many times?
  • Is it one of many books this author has written?
  • Was it written under a pseudonym (pen name)?
  • Was it a translation? 
  • Was it later issued in other languages?

This will determine what search terms you should input in the database and whether you should search in databases that cover foreign presses, for example.


Individual Online Journals dedicated to Book Reviews:

  • Booklist
  • Choice Reviews Online 
  • Kirkus Reviews
  • For others, search in the FIU Library Catalog for:  Books -- Reviews -- Periodicals


H-Net is an online scholarly review resource that provides full-text book reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences from 1993 to date.

The New York Times Book Review has a free collection of book reviews going back to 1981.  No subscription required!

Writing Book Reviews

This Concise Guide to Writing a Critical Book Review from the University of Alberta library also provides links to samples of other reviews.