Book Reviews Study Guide

The type of resource below is a list of authoritative sources available on this topic, such as books available at the NCTC Libraries and internet resources.


Search the Catalog. Use the NCTC Library catalog to search all NCTC campuses for books, DVDs, and more. Search by keyword, subject, series, title, or author. The call number and location indicate where the item is located. Searching for an author as the subject will provide books about that author.


The NCTC Libraries provides several resources for author information and book reviews. If one of these does not have a review for your book, try another!

Note: These links only work ON-CAMPUS. To access the databases off-campus, go the Library Databases page within MyNCTC.

Gale Literary Sources
Find author biographies, work overviews, book reviews and literary criticism from six different databases using one interface. Click advanced search to search by the name of the work, author, or both. Results are organized by category:

  • Literature criticism is much more in depth than a book review. It discusses the author's purpose, themes and subject matter as well as a deeper analysis of the work's impact.
  • Biographies give details on an author's life and career.
  • Topic and work overviews are brief summaries of the work.
  • Reviews and news include reviews of works from newspapers, literary magazines and books.

Book Review Digest Plus
Search reviews of children, adult, fiction and non-fiction books. Coverage dates from 1905 to present and includes over 100,000 book reviews.

Literary Reference Center
Search literary journals, magazines and highly respected eBooks for author biographies, book reviews and critical essays. Highlights include the Critical Insights book series, Literary Review, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and World Literature Today.I

Internet Resources

New York Review of Books
Celebrated authors lend their expertise to review newly released titles.

NPR Books
Find insightful reviews from one of America's largest independent media outlets.

The social network for book lovers. Find out what other bibliophiles think of a book, write your own reviews, and get suggestions for your next read based on one you already enjoy.