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Canadian History: Book Reviews

A guide to library and Internet resources that provide information about Canadilan history

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

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

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

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

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

1603 - approx. 3 years ago (dates vary)
JSTOR

1741 - 1940
American Periodicals Series Online

1887 - present
Academic Search Complete

1890 - 1982
Reader's Guide Retrospective

1905 - present
Book Review Digest Plus & Book Review Digest Retrospective

1925 - present
Humanities International Complete

1964 - present
America: History & Life

1975 - present
History of Science, Technology & Medicine

1990 - 2007
Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index

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