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Book Reviews

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This pathfinder is a starting point for your research. It will give you a jump-start to academic resources in both online and print formats. Ask a reference librarian for additional suggestions.


Web sites

Authors on The Web
premier destination for authors to learn more about promoting themselves and their books online;also good source for readers to learn more about their favorite (mostly contemporary) authors
Book Reviews and Literature:Selected Internet Resources
evaluated web sites by librarians at the Chicago Public Library

BookReporter.com
provides book reviews, interviews and excerpts on all the latest books as well as special features, polls, and contest about books, authors and reading
Chicago Sun-Times:Books
online access to reviews from the recent Sunday editions; includes literary events in Chicago
Chicago Tribune:Books
online access to reviews from the recent Sunday editions via free registration; includes book and literary awards and "What Chicago is Reading"
Directory of Book Reviews on The Web
recommended web sites from a team of librarians from various libraries; links to reviews in many categories
ReadingGroupGuides.com
first web site built especially for reading groups; contains discussion questions and background material on authors and subjects as well as suggestions for further reading; guides are available for many of the most popular books selected by reading groups

Selected Reference Books In The Oakton Library
Book Review Digest
Call Number: REF Z1219.C95 (DP & RHC)
The Book Review Digest is always a good place to begin to locate a book review in magazines, journals and newspapers. It includes reviews of English language fiction and non-fiction, except reviews of textbooks, government publications and technical books in law and the sciences. Reviews are listed according to the last name of the author; subject & title indexes are available at the back of each volume. Many citations include a brief summary of the review and all will tell you how many words are in each review--an easy way to determine the length of the review.

Book Review Index
Call Number: REF Z1035.A1B6 (DP & RHC)
Although the Book Review Index doesn't provide short excerpts from the review like the Book Review Digest, it's a good complement to the former because it selects from a much broader range of periodicals. The Book Review Index represents a wide range of popular, academic and professional books and includes citations for reviews of any type of book that's been or is about to be published. You can find reviews from national publications like Time and Newsweek to scholarly journals such as American Ethnologist and Sewanee Review. A new and interesting feature includes reviews from electronic publications such as H-Net: Humanities & Social Science Online. The index is arranged alphabetically by author's last name with a title index at the back of each volume.

Full Text Magazine, Journal and Newspaper Articles
You can also access an online periodical index such as Academic Search Elite or Expanded Academic ASAP to locate book reviews. Both of these indexes can be accessed from on- or off-campus. Full text articles can be sent to your e-mail account.
Note If you're looking for a review of a very current book, an online periodical index will be more current than a print index.

Tip
When using the web or an online periodical index to locate book reviews, the date the book was published might be in direct correlation to your success in finding a review. Since these online resources thrive on currency, the best place to look for a review of a book with an older publication date is through a print source like Book Review Digest or Book Review Index.

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Because authoritative book reviews are written by experts or scholars, reviews can offer valuable insight into a book as well as critical information about the author.

Note
This pathfinder is a starting point for your research. It will give you a jump-start to academic resources in both online and print formats. Ask a reference librarian for additional suggestions.


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