How to Find Book Reviews

This page discusses the AST Library's resources for finding book reviews.

There is no one perfect source for book reviews, so you might have to use a couple of the resources listed below. Many of these sources have links to the online articles while others will give you just a citation to the article in printed journals.

Unless otherwise noted, these databases are for registered AST students, faculty, & staff. The general public can only access these databases while at the library. Click on a database name to access the database.


ATLA Religion Database

ATLAReligion Database has a significant number of book reviews. On the search screen, scroll down the page to Publication Type to limit your search to book reviews, i.e. "review"


Academic Search Premier

Academic Search Premier is a multi-disciplinary full text database. It has a significant number of book reviews. On the search screen, scroll down the page to Document Type to limit your search to "book review".


Review of Biblical Literature

This database presents online reviews of recent books in biblical studies and related fields. It seeks to be comprehensive, international in scope, and timely.

This resource is free.

Catholic Periodical and Literature Index

CPLI is good source for journal articles, newspaper articles, and papal documents dealing expressly with the practice of Catholic faith and lifestyle. It also has numerous book reviews.


Other Sources

Reviews can often be found at online bookstores such as Please note that most of those reviews are not written by scholars, so caveate emptor.

Periodicals specializing in book reviews.

Several journals specialize in book reviews. They can be found by doing a Subject Keyword search of the AST library in Novanet for book reviews periodicals. Below is a partial list of such journals at AST

Critical Review of Books in Religion.

  • AST Reference Collection: BL 1 C75.
  • AST holdings 1988-1998. (Ceased publication in 1998).


  • Indexed in the ATLA Religion Database.
  • Location: AST Periodical Collection.
  • AST holdings: v. 1- 1976 - to the present.

Reviews in Religion and Theology.

  • Online access: current year only. On campus / off campus access
  • Also located in the AST Periodical Collection.
  • AST holdings: 02/01/1999 to present.