FIRST: Know when the book was published. Your search will need to center around this date.
In the library
Indexes articles using journals' tables of contents: 1990 to the present.
- Book Review Digest
The most complete source we have is Book Review Digest which covers publication dates from 1905 through 1983. Located in print format in the reference area.
- Book Review Index
Indexes reviews from over 500 publications in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. Covers 1965-2003. Located in print format in the reference area.
- Books In Print
Access to Bowker's Books In Print® database of over 4 million titles that are available in the U.S. and Canada, as well as Whitaker's British Books In Print® database of over 1 million titles available in the U.K. Also includes Books Out-of-Print, Children's Books In Print, and Forthcoming Books. Over 500,000 full-text reviews are available.
- LexisNexis Academic
Use the "General" search
- Select "Major U.S. and World Publications"
- Enter the author or title and "book review" in the search box.
- Indicate the approximate range of dates.
- Click "Search."
- Poole's Index to Periodical Literature
The library has v.1,1802 through v.6,1906 in print formate in the reference area.
- Readers' Guide Retrospective
The ultimate index of subjects in the popular press from 1890 to 1982.
On the Web
For help writing a book review
If you have been unable to find your book reviewed in the above sources, Ask a Librarian. There may be other indexes and resources that apply to your particular book.