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Author: Gaston County Public Library
Title: Finding Book Reviews
Revised 15 October 2022.

NC Live Resources

The Books and Literature section of contains several databases that feature book reviews:

  • Literature Resource Center via Artemis (GALE) includes articles, critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, and biographies covering authors, their works, and literary movements.
  • Do a search for reviews published in journals, magazines, and newspapers in databases.
    • Search by Title, Author, or Keywords:
      Title:  Leaves of Grass                         Author:  Walt Whitman                    Keywords:  Leaves of Grass Whitman
    • Or browse the Books & Literature from the subjects menu sidebar.
  • The New York Times Book Review (weekly), and The New York Times, (daily) Late Edition – East Coast online issues from 1980 until the present include book reviews. is available from any computer with internet access; you can use it at all Gaston County Public Libraries or at home with your library card number.

The New York Times Book Review

Arrives weekly with the Sunday New York Times, and is displayed on the Magazine rack.
For back issues older than one year, Go to: Back issues of the New York Times Book Review are available online from last week's to 1997.  A five-volume index covering 1896 - 1970 is shelved in the Reference Section [R051 NEW 1914].

Booklist Reader

Books at the Library

Search the library Catalog by Title. On the results page, click the title of the book to see the full display; scroll down for available reviews.

Gale Criticism Sets

Start your research with the online index to literary criticism sets published by Gale (Go to:

However, the index will include volumes and sets that the library does not own. See the following list to view the sets and volumes owned by the Gaston County Public Library:

  • R809.04 C. Contemporary Literary Criticism. Volumes 1 – 269.
    • Missing: 121 – 124.
  • R809.04 T. Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. Volumes 1 – 128.
    • Missing: 87 – 90.
  • R928 C. Contemporary Authors. Volumes 1 – 257.
    • Missing: 177 – 180; 237 – 256.
  • R928.1 DIC. Dictionary of Literary Biography. Volumes 1 – 368.
    • Missing: 26, 53, 214 – 219.

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