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.
Scholarly journal articles spanning a wide range of fields and going as far back as the 1800s. Coverage for most journals ends 3-5 years ago. Expanded access to all archive journal collections is available through June 30 2023.
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.
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.