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Why Book Reviews?
Book reviews may be the only source of analysis for very recent books, and sometimes for children's books. However, book reviews generally do not have the same depth that an article of criticism has.
On the Web
Warning! Most instructors will not accept reviews posted by users at sites such as Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
Web-based magazines and blogs sometimes include substantive reviews. Consider, for example, the Slate Book Review.
Book Review Search Tips
- Newspapers and popular magazines are usually the best sources for fiction book reviews.
- In the databases listed below, do a keyword search for the title of the book. If you get too many results, add the word "review" to your search.
- The MLA Bibliography does not cover book reviews!
Magazine & Journal Searches
These two general-purpose databases cover a wide variety of popular magazines, book review sources, and scholarly journals.