Answered By: Jeannie Blakely
Last Updated: Nov 12, 2015     Views: 30

First, what is a book review?  It is an article written, often for a scholarly journal, about new books that have been published.  Remember doing book reports in high school?  Same thing!  Book reviews are NOT good sources.

You can often tell something is a book review by reading the brief entry for it in the list of search results. Look in the first few sentences for things like a book title with an author, or phrases like "this is a review of the book Blah Blah Blah"  Sometimes in the basic citation link - even before you click into the whole article - you will see the words "book review". 

There are also tools you can use to narrow down your searches so you don't get book reviews as part of your results.

In most databases in GALILEO, book reviews have a subject heading (i.e. "books - reviews") that helps identify them.  You can often use this subject heading to help limit your search to articles that are not book reviews by doing an advanced search, putting your topic in one box and the subject heading "books reviews" in another with the operator "not" selected. 

Ebsco not search

In a list of GALILEO Discovery search results, book reviews are often listed in the "source type" window (to the left of the search results screen).  So you can select just the types of sources you want to see, and leave Book Reviews unselected to filter them out.

Book review Ebsco

Updated November 2015

Related Topics