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McDermott Library's newest book review source is also one of its most venerable: Readers' Guide Retrospective database is the online version of the  Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature.   It covers book reviews published in the popular press between 1890 and 1982. 


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    To find a book review, you need the correct TITLE of the book, the AUTHOR's name, and the DATE of publication. Reviews appear over a period of several years after the book is published. Check the databases covering the publication year and several years afterward to get all reviews. Online databases indicated with an asterisk (*) may be accessed at 


    General Sources (* = online database)



    Academic Search Complete (1975-current) *
    Search by book title and select Book Review as Document Type in the Limit your Results section.

    Book Review Digest and Book Review Digest Retrospective (1905-current) * Search by author or book title and then select Book Review as Document Type in the Limit your Results section.

     Book Review Index Online (1965-current)*
     Search by author or title

    Periodicals Index Online & Periodicals Archive Online (1770-1995) *
    Select Article Search and enter the book title on the Article Title Keyword(s) line. Select Book Reviews under Search Options.

    Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature – Reference Aisle 1b (1982-current)
    Look under the Book Reviews section in the back of each index.

    Reader's Guide Retro Database  (1890 - 1982)* 
    Select Book Review as Document Type

    ClasePeriodica Database (1975-current) *
    Type Resena de Libro on the first line and select Article Type Phrase from the drop down menu on the right. On the second line, enter the book title as Keyword.

    Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Scholarly Journals - Reference Aisle 2b (1886 - 1974)
    Arranged by author, with title index  





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