Looking for book reviews

A classroom assignment will often require you to find reviews of a certain book that were published in scholarly journals.  Some of the EBSCO databases, such as CPLI, make it easy to do this.  Use the limiters on the lower half of the Advanced Search screen, below the words Limit your results.


There are many options available in this area : you can choose to bring up only articles available in full text online; only articles with abstracts; only articles published in peer-reviewed journals (as opposed to more popular publications); articles published between certain specified dates, and so on.  There is also a box in which you can enter the title of a specific journal, which gives you another way to make that choice.

Notice the little box labelled Publication Type.  If you scroll down that menu, you will find that Review or Book Review is one of the options.  Click on that option to select it.


In the Search boxes at the top of the screen, enter the title of the book for which you are seeking reviews.  For example, suppose you need reviews of Raymond Brown’s pivotal work The Birth of the Messiah.  If you enter that title without limiting your search to book reviews, you will also retrieve articles about birth, the coming of the Messiah, etc.  But if you use this limiter, you will more efficiently retrieve a set of book reviews about this particular work.


If you find that you are retrieving many records about other works with similar or related titles, you might want to add the name of the author to focus in precisely on the work you want.