Book Reviews-A KSU LibGuide

Book Review Scholarly Resources

Academic Search Complete (accessed through KSU academic library, offers free trial)

Updated daily, this database provides full text for more than 4,000 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies. 

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Book Review Digest Plus– (EBSCO database accessed through KSU academic library, offers free trial)

This database is focused on information on book reviews. It gives citations and some full text of reviews for more than 550,000 books of adult and juvenile fiction and non-fiction.

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Gale Artemis Literary Sources   (accessed through KSU academic library)

One click access to four literary databases: Literature Criticism Online, LitFinder, Scribner Writers Online, and Twayne’s Authors. 

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LexisNexis Academic (accessed through public or academic library)

This database contains the full text of many newspapers going back more than 30 years, federal and state case law and legislative materials, law reviews, company news and financial information, medical and health information, general information sources, and much more. Updates and coverage vary by section.

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Trade Sources (resources for professionals in publishing, librarianship, book selling)

Booklist– This targets librarians and professionals in the library field, and is published by the American Library Association. It tends to not write negative reviews. They only accept reviews for finished published works, and have high quality standards.

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Kirkus Reviews– Kirkus reviews over 10,000 books a year, focusing on pre-publication reviews that booksellers rely on in the selection process. These reviews can highly impact the success of a book, as many come out before a book is released. They also have anonymous reviews, so some can be quite unfavorable.

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Library Journal– This journal focuses on the audience of professional librarians, and many of the reviews are written by librarians from all over the country. These reviews will include a more eclectic mix that reflects more variety in reading choices.

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Publisher’s Weekly– Some argue this is the most important trade journal in the book business, as it reviews over 10,000 books a year. These reviews impact what major booksellers like Amazon and B&N promote. These reviews can highly impact the success of a book, as many come out before a book is released. They also have anonymous reviews, so some can be quite unfavorable.

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Popular & Unpopular Opinions- Websites and Blogs (remember these may not be as reliable)

Goodreads– Goodreads lets readers review everything they read. It lets readers keep track of what they’ve read, what they plan on reading, and gives away free books. It is great for finding all sorts of reviews that are intimate, raw, emotional, and opinionated.

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Book Riot– This site offers many posts ranging from reviews of particular books, discussions about books, and lists of recommended reading.

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The Millions– This lets authors share what they have been reading. It is nice to see in-depth reviews and recommendations from established authors whose fan base can appreciate offered insights.

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