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Why Should I Read 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!
Start My Research
Search thousands of sources available through Auraria Library including databases, journals, articles, media, books, and more. Limit by material type, publication date, author, and more.This is the same as the search box on Auraria Library's homepage.
Book Review Digest Retrospective: 1903-1982 This link opens in a new window
Supplies citations to more than a quarter of million reviews of adult and juvenile fiction and non-fiction English-language books published in magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals, and books. Includes an excerpt of each review.
New York Times (ProQuest Historical Newspapers) This link opens in a new window
Full text of the New York Times from the first issue in 1851 to four years before the current year. To find book reviews, type in the title of the book in quotes in one search box and the name of the author in another search box, as illustrated below.
NoveList This link opens in a new window
A reader's advisory database for book recommendations. Identify books for specific age groups or find books by subject, title or award.