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Find Book Reviews

Book reviews can be an excellent resource for getting familiar with the scholarly literature on a particular topic, or deciding what to read next. This guide will help you find quality book reviews through library databases.


JSTOR provides many full-text scholarly articles in different fields but does not provide access to the most current years; instead, coverage usually ends about 3-5 years ago, depending on the journal.

Conducting a Search

The screenshot examples below show a search for reviews of John Adams by David McCullough.

  • Use quotes to search for words together as a phrase ("john adams").
  • Check the box next to Reviews under Item Type to show only book reviews in search results.
  • Click the Submit Advanced Search button to retrieve search results.

I put my keywords in quotation marks to search for the words together as a phrase and checked Reviews from the options under Item Type.


Reviewing Search Results

This search found 46 results.

  • Results are automatically sorted by relevance, so the most relevant articles are displayed first in the list of results.
  • To read an a review, click on the Download PDF button and accept JSTOR's terms.

This search for reviews found 46 results. Results are sorted by relevance with the most relevant found at the top of the list. Click the Download PDF button to save or print a review.

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