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Book Review Index Online is a comprehensive guide to book reviews that includes more than 5 million review citations from thousands of publications, including refereed journals, general interest publications, and newspapers. It includes the entire backfile from the original print edition of Book Review Index, which dates back to 1965. Built on the InfoTrac Web platform, Book Review Index Online is searchable by author of book reviewed, title of book reviewed, publication date, reviewer, title of review, review length, journal, refereed publications, reading level, and more. Since Book Review Index Online is OpenURL compliant, subscribers to InfoTrac OneFile and Expanded Academic ASAP are able to link to full-text reviews.

Search 1:

How can one find book review citations for Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code?

Solution:

  1. Open Book Review Index Online and click on "Title Guide" from the search options listed on the left side of the screen.
  2. Enter "The Da Vinci Code" in the search entry box within "Title Guide" and click on the "Search" button.
  3. Click on "The Da Vinci Code (Book)" link to view more than 41 citations, including book review citations from Booklist, the New York Times, the National Review, Skeptical Inquirer and more.

Search 2:

How does one find book review citations from 2004 on books about religion and evolution?

Solution:

  1. Open Book Review Index Online and click on "Advanced Search" from the search options listed on the left side of the screen.
  2. Choose "Keyword" from the picklist and enter "religion" in the first entry box.
  3. Choose "Keyword" from the picklist and enter "evolution" in the second entry box.
  4. Choose "Pub. Date" from the picklist and enter "2004" in the third entry box.
  5. Click on the "Search" button to view more than six review citations on such works as Darwin's Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society and Believing in Evolution.

Search 3:

How does one find long book reviews from peer-reviewed sources on books by Zora Neale Hurston?

Solution:

  1. Open Book Review Index Online and click on "Author Guide" from the search options listed on the left side of the screen.
  2. Enter "Zora Neale Hurston" in the search entry box within "Author Guide".
  3. Click on "to refereed publications" under "Limit the Current Search", choose "long" from the dropdown options after "by length of review", and click on the "Search" button.
  4. Click on the "Hurston, Zora Neale" link to view more than 40 citations from such journals as Biography, African American Review, Hudson Review, and Western Folklore.

Search 4:

A student is doing a research paper and needs to locate reviews published in the last two years on books about Islam. His professor requires that the reviews come from refereed sources and are substantial in length.

Solution:

  1. Open Book Review Index Online and click on "Advanced Search" from the s earch options listed on the left side of the screen.
  2. Choose "Keyword" from the picklist and enter "Islam" in the first entry box.
  3. Click on "to refereed publications" under "Limit the Current Search".
  4. Click on the "after" radio button and then choose 1 January 2002 to in limit by date.
  5. Choose "Long" from the dropdown to limit by length of review.
  6. Click on the "Search" button to view more than 280 review citations on such works as The Culture of Islam: Changing Aspects of Contemporary Muslim Life, Jihad: The Trial of Political Islam, and Face to Face with Political Islam.

Search 5:

A person wants to find book reviews on The South Beach Diet and Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution in order to help decide which book to purchase.

Solution:

  1. Open Book Review Index Online and click on "Advanced Search" from the s earch options listed on the left side of the screen.
  2. Choose "Title-Work" from the picklist, enter "The South Beach Diet" in the first entry box, and then choose "OR" from the dropdown Boolean operator list.
  3. Choose "Title-Work" from the picklist and enter "Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution" in the second entry box.
  4. Click on the "Search" button to view more than 20 review citations, covering both books, from such sources as London Review of Books, Newsweek, Internal Medicine News, Tufts University Health & Nutrition Newsletter, New York Times Book Review, and more.