Local History Research Guide

Book Reviews

Book Review Digest. New York: HW Wilson, 1905-. Available in hardcopy from 1905 to present [Gen Ref: Z 1219 .C96]. Available online 1983 to present (updated monthly). A bibliographic database that cites and provides excerpts from reviews of current English-language fiction and non-fiction books. An abstract of the books is also provided. Book Review Digest indexes reviews from approximately 100 leading periodicals published in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.

Book Review Index. Detroit: Gale, 1965-. Available in hardcopy from 1965 to the present [Gen Ref: Z 1035 .A1 B641]. Indexes all reviews appearing in about 450 publications. Primarily in the fields of general fiction, humanities, social sciences, librarianship and bibliography, and juvenile and young adult books.

Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Humanities Journals, 1802-1974. Woodbridge: Research Pubs., 1982-1984. Available in hardcopy on index table [Gen Ref: Z 1035 .A1 C62x].

Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Scholarly Journals 1886-1974. Woodbridge: Research Pubs., 1886-1974. Available in hardcopy on index table [Gen Ref: Z 1035 .A1 C67x].

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Guide Introduction
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Humanities Abstracts.New York: H.W. Wilson, 1974-. Available in hardcopy as Humanities Index from 1974 to the present [Hum Ref: A1 3 .H85 and Periodicals: A1 3 .H85]. Available online from 1984 to the present. Indexes 350 journals in archaeology, area studies, art, classics, communications, dance, film, history, linguistics, literature, music, performing arts, philosophy, and religion.

Periodicals Contents Index. (PCI Web) An online electronic index to the contents of thousands of periodicals in the humanities and social sciences from 1770 to 1991. Includes articles in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and other western languages. Very good book review coverage, just type the title into the keyword field.