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This guide leads you to databases, web sites, and paper indexes to help you locate book reviews in newspapers, magazines, journals, and other publications.

Why Should I Read Book Reviews?

Book Reviews

  • Can help you evaluate books and formulate your own analysis of the book.
  • Can help you decide if a book is one you want to read and use in your own research.
  • May help you find new books to read, including books you never would have thought of reading.
  • Can tell you how well a book was received, and if the book is a trusted resource.

How to Write a Book Review

Best Practices & Best Bets

Find book reviews using the search box on Auraria Library's homepage or using one of the Library's databases. Use the phrase "book review" combined with an author, title, or subject.

  • Popular book reviews are found in mainstream periodicals such as Time Magazine and newspapers, and tend to be short. Reviews may appear up to one year after the book was published. 
  • Scholarly reviews (including "critical" and "literary" reviews) are found in peer-reviewed academic journals or other authoritative compilations, such as websites maintained by scholarly societies or books that compile reviews and criticism. Reviews may appear up to three years after the book was published.
  • Keep in mind that many books are never reviewed!

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