Book Reviews: A Research Guide

Book Reviews in Retrospective Sources

Nineteenth-Century Masterfile is an electronic index to many resources printed in the nineteenth century. It is especially important for its inclusion of Poole’s Index to Periodical Literature, 1802-1881 which contains book reviews.

American Periodical Series and America’s Historical Newspapers are databases which can be searched by keyword. The former provides the full text of many periodicals, and the latter is the equivalent resource for newspapers; both cover the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Book reviews are found in both resources, and may be searched by title of the book, author of the book, or author of review.

The following print titles provide a resource for book reviews for the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a period which precedes the introduction of the standard book review indexing tools. Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Humanities Journals, 1802-1974 (Woodbridge, CT: Research Publications, 1982-1984), 10 vols. JFF 96-5182. Arranged alphabetically by author of the book and supplemented by title index.

Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Scholarly Journals, 1886-1974 (Arlington, Va.: Carrollton Press, 1979-1982), 15 vols. JFF 96-5151. Arranged alphabetically by author of the book and supplemented by title index.

C.R.I.S.: The Combined Retrospective Index Set to Journals in History, 1838-1974 (Washington: Carrollton Press, 1977-1978), 11 vols. JFF 94-1576. Volumes one through four cover world history; volumes five through nine cover United States history, and volumes ten and eleven are author indexes.

C.R.I.S.: The Combined Retrospective Index Set to Journals in Political Science, 1886-1974 (Washington: Carrollton Press, 1977-1978), 8 vols. JLF 86-1799. Volume one covers international affairs, organizations, international relations, and trade; volume two covers general studies and methodology; volumes three to six cover public administration; and volumes seven and eight are the author index.

C.R.I.S.: The Combined Retrospective Index Set to Journals in Sociology, 1895-1974 (Washington: Carrollton Press, 1978), 6 vols. JLF 86-1798. Please see CATNYP for the arrangement by sub-discipline for each volume; volume 6 is the author index.