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Nineteenth-Century Sources

 

  Book Reviews: Subject-Specific Sources

Before going to the trouble of looking for subject-specific sources, be sure to try the general sources.

Bibliographies and periodical indexes exist on practically every topic, and most of them include book reviews. The ones listed here are either devoted entirely to book reviews, or have a separate section of book reviews, or include full text. A few of them, Business Source, ERIC and Library Literature, are useful for a variety of other subjects, including textbooks and children's books.

To find other electronic indexes for specific subjects, search or browse the Libraries' Find Information page.  Additional bibliographies and indexes can also be located by searching in the library catalog under "[subject] bibliography" or "[subject] abstracts" or "[subject] periodicals indexes." For example, in IUCAT, enter "linguistics periodicals indexes" in the search box, and click on .

Consult reference staff, or subject librarians for further assistance.


Subjects covered on this page: Business and Economics - Education - History - Library and Information SciencePhilosophy - Psychology 

Business and Economics

Database available to authorized IU Bloomington users, on or off campusBusiness Source Premier

Dates and format: 1922-present (varies depending on publication). Electronic.  

Notes: Covers book reviews in a range of topics besides business, including library and information science, and popular nonfiction. Contains the full text of some reviews. Use the Advanced Search and select "Book Review" as Document Type, under the Limits.

Database available to authorized IU Bloomington users, on or off campusEconLit

Dates and format: 1969-present. Electronic.

Notes: Full text of book reviews from selected economics journals. Enter your search as "[author of book] in bk" or "[keyword from book's title] in bk" or "[author] and book-review in dt"
 

Print, microfilm or CD-ROM resource, available in the IU Bloomington Libraries location notedJournal of Economic Literature

Dates and format: 1963-present. Print.

Notes: Full text of book reviews in a separate section in each volume.
IU Bloomington location and call number: Main Library, Reference Reading Room, Z 7164 .E2 J8

Education

ERIC (two interfaces: CSA and EBSCO)

Dates and format: 1966-present. Electronic.

Notes: Includes reviews and review essays for textbooks and children's books as well as books about education.

Print, microfilm or CD-ROM resource, available in the IU Bloomington Libraries location notedEducation Index

Dates and format: 1929-1994. Print.

Notes: From 1975-1994, includes a separate section of book reviews at the end of each volume.

IU Bloomington location and call number: Main Library, Research Collections, 11th floor. Z 5813 .E21

History

Database available to authorized IU Bloomington users, on or off campusAmerica History and Life

Dates and format: 1964-present, electronic.

Notes: Select "book review" as document type. Enter author's name and significant word(s) from the book's title in the keyword field

Print, microfilm or CD-ROM resource, available in the IU Bloomington Libraries location notedIndex to Book Reviews in Historical Periodicals

Dates and format: 1972-1977. Print.

Notes: Notice that this only covers the 1970s--try this as a last attempt for titles published in this decade. English-language, mostly American journals.

IU Bloomington location and call number: Main Library, Reference Reading Room, Z 6205 .B848

 

Library and Information Science

Database available to authorized IU Bloomington users, on or off campusLibrary Literature

Dates and format: 1921-present, print. 1984-present, electronic.

Notes: The printed version has a separate section of book reviews at the end of each volume. The electronic version includes some full text. Be sure to select Document Type: Book Review.

IU Bloomington location: Printed volumes are in the Main Library, Reference Reading Room and in the School of Library and Information Science Library, Z 666 .C19

Philosophy

Print, microfilm or CD-ROM resource, available in the IU Bloomington Libraries location notedPhilosopher's Index

Dates and format: 1940-present, print and electronic.

Notes: Each annual index of the printed version includes a book review section. Coverage of non-U.S. sources begins in 1967.

IU Bloomington location and call number: Printed volumes are in the Main Library, Reference Department Index Area, Z 7127 .P54

 

Psychology

Print, microfilm or CD-ROM resource, available in the IU Bloomington Libraries location notedMental measurements yearbook

Dates and format: 1941-1992. Print.

Notes: Reviews of books on pyschological tests, 1940-1978. See Section II, Books and Reviews.

IU Bloomington location and call number: Main Library, Reference Reading Room, Z5814. P8 B91

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and History & Philosophy of Science
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Last updated Fall 2003