About this guide
The purpose of this guide is to:
- help find book reviews in the University of Waterloo Library and on the web
- provide helpful information on how to write book reviews
Tip: Look for subject specific reviews in Research guides by subject.
What is a book review?
A book review is an overview or a brief critical assessment of a particular book. It is not the same as in-depth critical analysis.
- frequently it offers the first critical information about a new publication
- it is usually published in journals, magazines, and newspapers
- it appears in a variety of lengths and styles
Why use book reviews?
Frequently they will help you to:
- evaluate and criticize a book
- summarize the contents of a book
- learn something about the author of the book
- compare the book with similar other books
- decide whether to add a book to your reading list for a research topic
It is easiest to find a pertinent book review if you know:
- the author's full name
- the complete title of the book
- the year the book was published