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Reviews for a Scholarly Audience
Scholarly books are reviewed in academic or peer-reviewed journals and are written by academics. As these reviews place the work in the context of current scholarship, they can take several years to be published. Popular reviews, on the other hand, usually appear at the time of publication and tend to "hype" the book for sales and often do not critically evaluate the material.
Scholarly reviews are written by specialists in the field and place the book within the scholarly discussion, compare the book to other works in the field, and analyze the author's methodology, interpretations, and conclusions. Existing book reviews, found by searching in databases, may help you with writing your own book review.
- Search for the title of the book, enclosed in quotation marks ("World's Best Book")
- If the title is not very distinctive, add the author's last name ("Good Book" AND Author)
- Limit to "book review" or add search term "review"
Choice Reviews (Academic Libraries)
Includes full text. Reviews of academic books, electronic media and Internet resources of interest to those in higher education. (https://tinyurl.com/ycb9jhwf)
Use Advanced Search and limit to "Reviews". You can also limit by discipline.
Humanities Full Text with Retrospective (1907 to Present)
Covers scholarly humanities journals and important magazines, as well as a range of interdisciplinary fields. (https://tinyurl.com/yb7m665a)
Articles from diverse sources including newspapers, public opinion polls, book reviews, and government information. (https://tinyurl.com/y86hsahd)
Find Books Using the Library Catalog
Searching the Library Catalog for information about the topic, author, and related materials can help place your Book Review into context.