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History: Book Reviews

Resources useful for researching history topics at Bowling Green State University

Tips for Finding Book Reviews

Books are usually reviewed when they are first 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."


Finding Book Reviews in Summon

Summon is a great place to find book reviews. You can search for the title of the book (it helps to put quotation marks around the title). Summon makes it easy to limit by scholarly journals or publication year. Best of all, in the lefthand column, you can limit to Book Reviews under Content Type.

Print Sources That Index Reviews of History Books

The print resources listed below are organized by the first year of coverage:

Some of the Databases That Index Reviews of History Books