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TC 303: Reading & Composition in World Literature / Grumberg

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Book reviews

A book review is written at the time of the book's publication and again if it is translated. There are entire publications devoted to book reviews and they also appear in newspapers and magazines. Book reviews are popular sources and are written by a wide range of writers, such as professional critics, other authors and domain experts.

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Search tips:

  • Gather bibliographic information (title, author, date of original publication) for the book you’re researching.
  • If you are seeking reviews of a book in translation, keep in mind that you need to know what year the book was translated, which is rarely the same year in which it was published.
  • Translated works will be reviewed in publications that are written in the language the book is translated into. If you are interested in how a book was received when it was translated into Portuguese, you should know how to read Portuguese.
  • For reviews, narrow the date range to the years immediately following the book’s publication.
  • Some databases will allow you to limit your search to reviews or criticism, so always check the advanced search options.

Where to Find Books Reviews


Book reviews typically offer an opinion of a book’s quality or value rather than an in-depth analysis of the work, and tend to be shorter than literary criticism. Reviews are usually written within a year or two of a book’s publication.

Literary criticism is the scholarly evaluation, explanation, and analysis of literature. It can be written at any time, even centuries after the publication of the literature it critiques. Literary criticism is often found in scholarly journals or books.

Foreign language press

Many of the databases at left have language limiters. Searching for primary sources in non-english sources is tough - ask a librarian for help.

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