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New Book Reviews

Some reviews from the latest issue of the New York Times Sunday Review of books

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This online guide is an introduction to finding book reviews across a range of subjects. 

Follow the step by step guide under the finding reviews tab to locate reviews using databases

Use the databases tab for a detailed list of resources

Find lists of resources for specific subject areas such as Sociology from the Reviews by subject tab.

Major Review Publications

Browse the publications below for some current examples of books reviews - fiction and non-fiction.


What is a review

A review is a critical evaluation of a literary work, published in a journal or newspaper shortly after the work is published. Reviews of academic books are often written by scholars who have expertise in the genre or subject matter of the work being reviewed. Reviews may be brief (one or two paragraphs) or relatively long (two to three pages).

Of the many thousands of books published each year, most receive only one or two reviews, or are not reviewed at all. A book whose content is controversial, or one written by a well-known author, may receive a disproportionate number of reviews. Books with political content are often reviewed in publications which represent differing points of view on the political spectrum (left, right, centre).


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