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DRGN 1000: Red Dragon Seminar UndocuQueer Activism: Immigration, Art, & Activism (Chaves Daza) Fall 2023 1000-16

Librarian: Mary Lynn Bensen

Finding Book Reviews in Periodicals Using Library Databases

For academic research, it is often important to use peer-reviewed (or refereed) journals rather than popular magazines.  Peer review is the process by which a journal article is evaluated by experts in the field.  An example of a peer-reviewed journal is Policy Studies. An example of a popular magazine is Time.  Many peer-reviewed journals will include book reviews.

The following databases are listed on the library website in the alphabetical list under Databases.  After clicking on Databases, you can find lists of databases by subject by dropping down the menu at All Subjects in the A-Z list

When searching databases, enter the title of the book and add the word “review” to the search box(es). Some databases will have a special filter for book reviews.

Book Review Databases

Book Review Digest Plus

            Includes reviews for current books.

Book Review Retro 1903-1982

            Includes book reviews for titles published from 1903 to 1982.

Choice Reviews

             A standard book review source for academic libraries.

Databases Covering Journals with Book Reviews

Academic Search Complete

Provides full text for selected scholarly journals and popular magazines across the disciplines.

Ethnic NewsWatch

Features selected full text of newspaper, magazine, and journal articles from the ethnic and minority press.

Gale General OneFile

Indexes scholarly journals and popular magazines across the disciplines.

Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI)

Includes reviews of books concerning Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Brazil, and Hispanics/Latinos in the United States.  Selected text is in Spanish.


Provides access to the full text of journals in many subject areas.  There is no full text for the last 3-5 years.

Project Muse

Provides full text of scholarly journal articles in the social sciences and humanities.

Databases Covering Specific Subjects

Communication & Mass Media Complete

Covers all aspects of communication and mass media. Includes some full-text articles.


Provides authoritative historical and current perspectives on the evolution of gender roles.

Gender, Sexuality, and Sexuality Studies in Archives Unbound

            A collection within the Archives Unbound collection that includes historical documents.

LGBT Life with full text

            Includes coverage of important magazines, journals, newspapers, and books in the field.


Cites sources in books and journals for all aspects of psychology. Selected full text is available.

Social Sciences Full Text

            Broad coverage of core social science journals.


Indexes the scholarly literature in sociology.