How to Find Book Reviews in the UFV Library

PRINT INDEXES  (located on Index shelves)

  1. Book Review Index, 1965 to current (ABB) Covers all subject areas.  Look up author’s name.
  2. Book Review Digest, cumulative index 1962-1971, 1979-1983 (ABB), 1960 to current (CHILL). Excerpts from reviews in other publications. Covers all subject areas. Look up author’s name.
  3. Canadian Book Review Annual, 1975 to current (ABB)
  4. Canadian Periodical Index, 1920-1937, 1938-1947 on microfilm, 1977-2002  (ABB), 1920-1937, 1970-2002 (CHILL) is useful for book reviews of Canadian books.  Look under subject “Book Reviews”, then look under title of book.

We also have print indexes that cover specific subject areas, such as Humanities Index, Social Sciences Index, General Science Index, Library Literature, Biological and Agricultural Index and Art Index.  Use these to find reviews of books published before the start date of our online research databases.  In general, we have these indexes back to the 1970s, whereas the online research databases start around 1983.


Select “Research Databases” from the UFV Library’s homepage (  Select an appropriate database (usually one that covers the subject area of the book).  If you have any questions about this, ask a librarian.

1.     Applied Science, 1984 - Technology and sciences

2.     Art Index, 1984 - Architecture, art, art history, photography

3.     Biological and Agricultural Index, 1984 - Agriculture, aquaculture, natural sciences

4.     Humanities or Social Sciences Index, 1984 - Anthropology, economics, geography, sociology, politics, history, English literature, philosophy, religion, psychology, criminology

5.     General Science Index, 1984 - All science disciplines

6.     Reader’s Guide, 1984 - Reviews in popular U.S. magazines

To find book reviews in the indexes above: in the first search box type the title of the book; in the second search box, type in book review. Change the search from Keyword  to the Title field for the first search box only.  Click on search.

For example:

    AND      rigoberta menchu book review   Title Keyword

7.     Canadian Business and Current Affairs, Jan. 1982 -   Good source for Canadian books. 

        Click the Advanced Search tab.  In the search box, type the title of the book and review.  Change search to Title field.

For example: headhunter and review

8.    Academic Search Premier, 1984 - Covers all subject areas.


9.     America: History and Life, 1964 - Covers North American History.

10.   Business Source Premier - Covers business, economics, management, finance, etc.

11.   Historical Abstracts, 1955 - Global topics excluding North America.


12.   MLA International Bibliography, 1963 - Covers literature, language, literary criticism, and the arts.

13.   Sociological Abstracts - Covers sociology, social work, social issues.     

         To find book reviews in the indexes above:  in the search box type in the title of the book and book review.   Click on search.      

        For example: beyond the learning organization and book review

14.  Literature Resource Centre (Gale) - Covers the Gale series Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary

       Biography, and others series.

        Go to Title search and enter the book’s title.  Under the title, choose Exact Title and click on search.  Click on the Literary Criticism, Articles and Work Overviews tab after the result list appears.

        For example: handmaid’s tale

15.   JSTOR, current to 3-5 years ago - Covers multiple subject areas. 

        Go to Search.  Type the title of the book in the first field and choose title as the type of search.  Under the search fields, choose as many options from the list of Disciplines that could possibly include your topic.       Choose reviews under Refine Your Search, then click Begin search.

        For example: dismantling utopia and title on first line, choose Disciplines, and reviews under Refine Search


These are useful for keeping current with reviews for new books.  If you want to find a review of a particular book in these periodicals, you will need to use the indexes listed above.  Located on the periodical shelves.

1.     Books in Canada, 1978 - 2.     Choice, 1981 - 3.     Library Journal, 1980 - 4.     New York Review of Books, 1978- 4.     New York Times Book Review, 1980 -

5.     Quill and Quire, 1980 -

There are also subject related book review periodicals, such as Reviews in Anthropology, Reviews in American History, Journal of Economic Literature.  To find these, type in the topic area and book reviews in the search box, then click Subject. 

        For example: history and book reviews

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