Book Review IntroductionIntroduction to the book review
Book reviews: One search instruction
Review is an important tool for the evaluation of a book. On-line data bases have made it faster and simpler to find book review. You can find the printing sources in the Olin Library references. These are not an exhausting lists of ways to find book review. There are directories in many fields where book reviewers (literature, historiography, religious, etc.) can be found.
Here are some samples. You can be guided by our references. A book review directory provides a quote for a review published in a paper, periodical or mag. Academy Search Premier, Amazon.com, ARBA on-line, Bowker's Books in Print, JSTOR, ProQuest Research Library and ProQuest Historical Newspapers have the full text of at least some of them.
Please contact an information librarian for further information or to find a title that is not mentioned here.
Introductory book review
In order to find a book review, you must..... When the book is released in Canada, the UK or the USA, the book is usually reviewed in standardized book review directories. It is harder to find a book in a different languages and can be found in directories such as IBR (International Bibliography Reviews). Review articles are usually released within 2-3 years of the first release date of the book.
Reproductions are rarely checked unless there have been significant changes or the book has long been out of stock. Note that not all titles are audited and that small publishers' work is often ignored by the big reviewers. There can be great differences in the qualtity of review articles.....
They can be useful for those who are interested in reviewing a recently published book in their area of interest. For some customers, general interest publications such as Time, Newsweek and Maclean's can be useful. References are current, usually brief (one page to one gap ) and are not always composed by expert critics.
Ratings are of different qualities. Magazines can be a good resource for reviewing, but most are brief and are composed by editors or co-author. Like stated above, book review is for recent issues. The New York Times Book Review, Times Literary Supplement, New York Review of and Irish Literary Review and in Canada offer outstanding book review.
Scientific review is the most sought after by sponsors. As a result of publishing plans, scientific journal responses are usually delayed (1-2 years). This review can be from half a page to 5-10 pages and is prepared by experts in the area. As a rule, book review in sample guidelines, popular periodicals and book review articles can be found in general resources such as the Book Review Index and Book Review Digest.
New York Times, Washington Post, Observer and Times (London) have their own indices. The book review of these securities is also included in the Book Review Index. The most important Canada newspapers' responses are listed in the CBCA data base from 1982 to the present (and its predecessor, the printed version of the Newspaper Index).
LexisNexis' indexing system is used to index press and magazine articles from around the globe. To find the best place for a scientific book review is the Book Review Index (1965 to date). More than 600 periodicals are listed in this data base, from popular periodicals like Newsweek to scientific periodicals like the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.
Scientific critiques of older publications can be found in the Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews published in Sholarly Journal (1886-1974). More than 450 periodicals from the fields of politics, social sciences and politics are listed in this book. A further compilation of scientific and general book review can be found in the Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Humanities Journalals (1802-1974).
Up until the 1980', review of Norwegian literature was mostly limited to Canada's papers and magazines. Canada's non-fiction had a better opportunity of being critiqued in American and UK magazines. CBCA ( "Canadian Business and Current Affairs") is a list of press and magazine reviewers from 1982 to the present. Another databank, Q (Canadian Periodical Index), offers book reviewing in either German or Italian from 1983 to the present.
There is a hardcopy copy of the CPI dating back to 1920. Canada News Index contains press articles in the most important Canada papers from 1977-1992. Book review in french can also be found in Repère, a french-canadian index of magazines and papers from 1984 to the present. The Book Review Index and Book Review Digest have improved their reporting on Canada over the past twenty years and both are a good first choise to find review.
The bibliography of the book offers book and review articles from 1900-1943 in English and other clichés. Contributions à la Bibliography of Review of Scientific Literature indexe les principales revues de langue occidentale de 1971 à 1992. Réviews of French-language titles (Canadian and international) can be found from 1973 in the Index of Magazines in France and from 1984 in Repère, a French-Canadian index of magazines and papers.