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Social Sciences Book Reviews: Locating Social Sciences Book Reviews

A guide to locating scholarly and popular reviews of social sciences-related books.

Disciplinary Databases...

You will probably want to search disciplinary databases (i.e. Worldwide Political Science, Criminal Justice Abstracts, and Sociological Abstracts) in addition to the more multi/interdisciplinary resources on this page. These links will take you to the disciplinary database library guides here at the WSU Libraries. Look here for disciplines not on included.

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Lorena O'English
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Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Databases and Online Review Resources

Finding Reviews: Some databases will let you filter by "book review" as an article type, but the search will not always be comprehensive. Generally it's good to search for the title of the book in quotation marks (usually the part before the subtitle is fine), with the word review*, i.e. "Net Delusion" review*  (The asterisk is a common truncation symbol and will let you search for both the word review and the word reviews in most databases). Sometimes you may want to search by the author's name in addition to (or instead of?)  the title.

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Book Review Databases and Print Reference Sources

Fall 2023 Update: New/Newish Helpful WSU Libraries Resources and Services

JSTOR  - we have continuing access to ALL of JSTOR's journal content (including the Security Studies and Sustainability thematic collections)! This was originally set to end in June 2023, but has been extended as a permanent subscription. 

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