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Literature Research: 1. Find Book Reviews in Print Indexes

This guide provides links to resources about authors and their works of literature.

Tips for Finding Reviews in Print Indexes

You need to know the year that the book or other literary work was first published.  The date will determine which volume of a print index to use.

Using an index such as The Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature, or The New York Times Index, look under the heading Book Reviews.  Then look under the author's last name.

Locating Articles in Print Periodicals

Articles in periodicals published before the mid 1980's often are not found in databases.  Search the library catalog, to determine if the Library owns the periodical for the date of the article needed.  Backfiles of some periodicals may be in the Library's print periodicals collection or on microfilm.

If an article is not available in print, on microfilm, or from a database, a copy of the article may be requested using the ILLiad inter-library service.

Locating Articles in Datbases

Search for the title of the periodical publication (NOT the title of the article) in the Library's Journal and Magazine List.

This may provide links to databases that include that periodical.  Use the information from the citation to search the database for the article.

Reading a Citation for a Book Review

In the example below, several reviews are given for the book The Life and Death of Yukio Mishima.  The box to the left of the citations explains how to read the first citation.