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History: Book Reviews
Resources useful for researching history topics at Bowling Green State University
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.
This resource provides descriptive summaries and full-text reviews of adult and children's books published since 1905, and includes citations to, and excerpts from, published book reviews.
Please note that, due to budget and collection considerations, we have discontinued our subscription to Book Review Digest Plus as of June 30, 2020, so this database will not be updated. Access to the Retrospective continues.
Over a thousand full-text scholarly journals and books covering all subjects in the humanities, sciences and social sciences. History, economics, art, literature, and mathematics are particularly strong. All journal titles are archived back to the first issue, many dating from the early 1800s.