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Russian Language and Culture: Book Reviews

A resource guide for faculty and students in the Russian Section of the Department of German, Russian, and East Asian Languages at BGSU.

Need to find a book review?

Each of the resources on this page contain book reviews, although databases contain many other types of items as well.

If you get stuck, contact a librarian through one of the options here.

Common Elements of a Book Review

  A solid book review should contain each of these pieces:

Publication information

Main ideas of the book

How the book is organized

Analysis of the book's effectiveness: does the author do or prove what she says she will?

Recommendation: who should read this book?


See if you can identify all the elements mentioned in this brief book review:

Krista Sigler. Review of Reid, Susan Emily; Blakesley, Rosalind P., eds, Russian Art and the West: A Century of Dialogue in Painting, Architecture, and the Decorative Arts. H-Russia, H-Net Reviews. April, 2009.

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Recommended Databases

  Several databases contain book reviews; check the library description of the database, or look at the advanced search options of a database to search for just book reviews. Some likely sources are listed here to give you options.

Book Reviews on the Web