Q. I need a book review of a specific book. How can I find one?
If your book was published recently (within the last twenty years), the first place to search is a magazine/newspaper database on the Alabama Virtual Library. Below are two good ones:
The easiest search strategy is to include the phrase "book review" along with the title in the basic search box.
For example, try the following phrase in the basic search box:
kite runner book review
You should get several hits in either database. If the article is full-text or in PDF format, you may read it online, e-mail it to yourself, or download it.
The Alabama Virtual Library is a collection of databases provided to all residents of the state of Alabama free of charge, courtesy of the Alabama State Legislature. If you have trouble accessing these databases, visit your local public library for username and password.
If your book is older, it gets trickier. Try the AVL first. If the above two databases yield nothing, try the Literature Resources from Gale database. For example, try "Silent Spring" in the search box. You will get biographical information about the author, literary criticism, and news and reviews.
Still having trouble? Contact the Reference Department at the Huntsville Public Library. The Reference Librarians have access to a variety of print indexes and resources to track down older reviews.
Call 256-532-5975 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.