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Find Reviews

Why use reviews?

Reviews provide information about a work and often appear following publication or performance. They will supply you with evaluative comments and give critical reception of a work. The most common types of reviews are for books, films, music (performance or recording) and theater.

Use the following sources to locate book, film, music, and theater reviews.

Book Reviews

  • Academic Search Ultimate
    Enter book title and author name in separate search boxes. Select “Book Review” under “Document Type” and click “Search.”
  • Books in Print
    Contains all U.S. books in print and and soon-to-be published titles as far as six months in advance.
  • Book Review Index Plus
    Citations to reviews of any type of book, periodical, or reference work that is at least 50 pages long. Also includes reviews of audio books or electronic media if they are presentations of previously published books.
  • Literature Resource Center
    In Advanced Search, enter the title of the work and/or the author name in the search boxes. Select “Book Review” under “Document Type.”

Film Reviews

  • Academic Search Ultimate
    Enter movie title (and director/actor names if appropriate) in search boxes. Select “Entertainment Review” under “Document Type” and click “Search.”
  • Film & Television Literature Index
    Enter movie title (and director/actor names if appropriate) in search boxes. Select “PS Reviews & Products” from the drop-down menu to search only reviews.

Music Reviews

  • International Index to Music Periodicals
    Enter name of artist or group and select “Performance Review” or “Recording Review” (other options available too) from the “Document Type” list and click “Search.”

Theater Reviews

  • New York Times Theater Reviews (Print Source)
    Good historical source for theater reviews, particularly for original New York openings of productions.

What if I can’t find reviews?

The sources for locating reviews may vary. If you’re unsuccessful in one source try repeating your search in a different database.

While a majority of sources and reviews are available online, the UIUC Library’s Reference Collection contains a number of particularly useful print resources. Access the Online Reference Collection here: http://guides.library.illinois.edu/eref If you’re unsure of how to find these sources feel free to ask or
use the Undergrad’s research office hours to get
help searching for reviews.