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History Resources: Book Reviews

Tips for Finding Book Reviews

Books are usually reviewed when they are published.  Rarely a book will be reviewed when it is reprinted.  Look for reviews in the year in which the book is published, as well as the year before and the year after.

Don't forget that history is interdisciplinary.  If you're trying to find a review for a book on the history of education, you should also look in databases and print resources that index articles on education.

Some print sources may index book reviews under the author or title of the book or in a separate section labeled "Book Reviews."

 

Print Sources That Index Reviews of History Books

The print resources listed below are organized by the first year of coverage:

1802-1906
Poole's Index to Periodical Literature
MAIN REF INDEX AI 3 .P7 v.1-6

1907 - 1965
International Index to Periodicals
MAIN REF INDEX AI 3 .R49

1950 - present
Index to Black Periodicals (1984-present); Index to Periodical Articles By and About Blacks (1974-1983); Index to Periodical Articles By and About Negroes (1960-1973); Index to Selected Periodicals (1950-1959)
MAIN REF INDEX AI 3 .O4

1960 - 1970
Index to Book Reviews in the Humanities
MAIN REF INDEX Z 1035 .A1I63

1964 - 2002
Canadian Periodical Index
MAIN REF INDEX A 13 .C242

1965 - 1974
Social Sciences & Humanities Index
MAIN REF INDEX AI 3 .R49

1972 - 1993
History: Reviews of New Books
Main Periodicals Collection

1974 - 1997
Social Sciences Index
MAIN REF INDEX AI 3 .S62 

 

Some of the Databases That Index Reviews of History Books

These databases are organized by the first year of coverage.

16th c. - present
Bibliography of Native North Americans

1741 - 1940
American Periodicals Series Online

19th c. - approx. 3 years ago (dates vary)
JSTOR

1865 - present
Academic Search Complete

1890 - 1982
Reader's Guide Retrospective

1905 - 1982
Book Review Digest Retrospective

1925 - present
Humanities International Complete

1964 - present
America: History & Life

1975 - present
History of Science, Technology & Medicine

1983 - present
Book Review Digest Plus

1993 - present
H-Net Reviews (free Internet site)

1995 - present
Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index