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Book Reviews: Searching the Library

A guide to finding book reviews

How to Search the Library for Book Reviews

Simpson Library provides a search box that searches most of UMW's library databases simultaneously and delivers the results in one list.

To find book reviews using this search box, search for the title of the book, and (optionally) the author's last name.


For example, to find reviews of the book A Lab of One's Own: Science and Suffrage in the First World War by Patricia Fara, you'd type this in the box:

A screenshot of a Quest search box, showing the words "a lab of one's own" and "fara"

You'll get a list of search results. If you're getting lots of irrelevant results, try putting the title of the book in quotation marks (e.g. "a lab of one's own").


The search results may include the book itself and/or reviews of that book. To distinguish between books and articles, look for the word BOOK or the word ARTICLE above the title. For example:

A screenshot of Quest search results, showing two items. The top item is the book "A Lab of One's Own" and the bottom item is a review of that book.

In this example, the first item is the book itself and the second item is a review of that book, which was published in the journal Science.


If you click on the book, you'll get information about that book. For some books, this includes a link to reviews of that book. The link is labeled "Book reviews."

Not all books have the Book Reviews link. If the link is there, it will look like this:

A screenshot of the Quest record for the book "A Lab of One's Own," showing the words "Book Reviews (5)" underneath

The "Reviews" Limiter

On the search results page are several options for limiting your results. One option is to limit to the material type "Reviews." It looks like this:

A screenshot of the Material Type limiters, with the Reviews limiter highlighted


Feel free to use this, but remember that it will only give you articles that the system has identified as reviewsThere are plenty of book reviews in our databases that the system has not identified as reviews, and these will be left out if you use the Reviews limiter.