When searching a database, such as Academic OneFile, try combining the book's title in quotation marks with the phrase "book review." Separate the two phrases with the keyword connector AND.
Sample search: "water for elephants" AND "book review"
Some databases offer users the option of limiting their searches by Document Type (book review). Look for the option on the Advanced Search page of the database if it is not listed on the initial search page.
H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences is an online scholarly review resource. Reviews are published online via discussion networks and the H-Net website. Freely available. Covers 1993 to present.
There are some questions to consider when choosing sources for book reviews.
Are you looking for a book review or criticism of a literary work? If the latter, refer to the guidelines provided in the Databases for Literary Criticism section on the Databases page.
Book reviews are published to help people decide whether or not they should read and/or purchase a book. The review offers a description of the book's purpose and content as well as the reviewer's evaluation and recommendation. Literary criticism gives a more in-depth explanation and scholarly interpretation based on a close reading of the text.