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English Language and Literature

Book Review Writing

Check Out Great Examples Online:

Times Literary Supplement

Check Out Great Examples In Print:

London Review of Books - Remember to Sign-In to your UCalgary account to Request

New York Review of Books - Remember to Sign-In to your UCalgary account to Request

Check Out These Great LibGuides:

University of Calgary: Writing Help - Writing Book/Literature Reviews

Dalhousie University Libraries: How to Write a Book Review

University of Guleph: Write a Book Review

University of Saskatchewan: Writing Book Reviews

Book Review Sources


Standard print indexes to Book Reviews are available in the Reference Collection (1st Floor, TFDL). These are most commonly used to locate citations of book reviews for books published before the late 1990's. For books published in the last decade or so, some databases provide acces to citations or full-text.

Book Review Index: Z1035 .A1 B64 - covers 1965 to the present. Provides citations only.

Book Review Digest: Z1219 .B6 - covers 1905 to the present. Provides short excerpts of book reviews.

Canadian Periodical Index: AI3 .C3 - Look under heading "Book reviews". Also available electronically (see below).

ONLINE Book Review Source

Times Literary Supplement

RESEARCH DATABASES (English Literature)

For current or historical book reviews, select an appropriate online newspaper. (limit to "Book Review" and date range; use author name and/or book title for keywords)

British Fiction 1800-1829: A Database of Production, Circulation & Reception  (select "Review" to limit search)


This is a list of general academic databases that offer access to book reviews. Use the "limit" feature when searching to select only publications that are Book Reviews.