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Other Lives (ANT 190)

Dr. Anna Grimshaw, Spring 2023

Book Reviews

Focus on Anthropology

  • Reviews in Anthropology is a journal devoted to lengthy, in-depth review commentary on recently published books in the four fields of anthropology. Older print issues are shelved at the Library Service Center (instructions for requesting materials).
  • AnthroSource includes book reviews that were published in the journals of the American Anthropological Association. Just search for the title or author of the reviewed book.
  • JSTOR includes several major anthropology journals that include book reviews.
    • Go to the "Advanced Search" and under the "Narrow Results" section select "Review" and under "Journal Filter" select "Anthropology". Enter your search terms and execute your search. 
  • Note: Anthropology Plus generally does NOT include book reviews. However, for a few years in the early 1990s, the print version of Anthropological Literature occasionally published a supplement of book reviews and Reviews in Anthropology is indexed in Anthropology Plus, so you may find some reviews there.

Social Science Sources (that include book reviews)

    • Go to the "Advanced Search"  and under the "Narrow Results" section click on "Review".
  • PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) - focuses on public policy literature
  • Social Sciences Abstracts
    • From the "Advanced Search", under "Document Type", choose "Book Review", enter your search terms and execute your search.
  • Web of Science - Good resource for science and social science topics.
    • Select "Document Type" from the drop down and then choose "Book Review", add rows to include additional search parameters.

 General Book Review Sources

  • Book Review Digest Plus - Reviews from over 8,000 periodicals with coverage back to 1983. Indexes reviews of current fiction and non-fiction, and provides review excerpts and over 100,000 full text reviews.

  • Choice Reviews - Provides reviews for books and electronic resources of academic interest.

Literature Reviews

What is a literature review?  and how is it different from a book review?? This webpage by the UC Santa Cruz Library does a good job of explaining lit reviews.