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Architecture Resources: Book review sources

Book Reviews

Book reviews are critical analyses of a published material. They are generally found in journals and newspapers. Keep in mind that only a very small percentage of books are ever reviewed. The sources listed below include book reviews on architecture, city planning and landscape architecture. They are usually available in the Environmental Design Library or the University of California, Berkeley Libraries. For best results, search for book reviews within five years of the date of publication. You may have to search multiple sources to locate a review of the book you have selected. Entries listed here are in alphabetical order, not arranged in a priority order, and they include a description of why the index is relevant to environmental design and specific directions on how to find reviews.

Before you begin, identify the author's name, or the book title, and the year of publication. Once you have found the review(s), note the complete citation. Check to see if it is available in full text; if not, search the title of the journal cited in OskiCat or Melvyl. For further assistance, consult the Environmental Design Library's reference staff.

Print Sources

  • Design Book Review - DBR review citations are included in Avery index to Architectural Periodicals. Includes architecture, city planning, landscape architecture. Coverage:1983-2001.
  • Humanities Index (Print ed.)Lists citations for book reviews found in 400 English language periodicals. Entries are located in a separate book review section at the end of each issue and are arranged alphabetically by author. Coverage: 1974-present
  • Index to Book Reviews in the Humanities (Print ed.) Provides citations for reviews of books in the humanities, art & architecture. Arranged alphabetically by author.
  • JAPA - Journal of the American Planning Association. Good source for city planning and landscape architecture. Vol. 49:4. Indexes reviews which appeared in the Journal 1958-1983, by title of book reviewed. Reviews were included in the main index under subject (including biographies) or author of book reviewed.
  • Journal of planning education and research. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Good for city planning and urban design. See "book reviews" section. Includes dissertation abstracts and reviews by planning educators. Vol. 6, no. 3 (Spring 1987) includes cumulative index to vols. 1-6 (1981/8 - 1986/87). Indexed by Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals.
  • Journal of the American Institute of Planners. Index. Good for city planning and urban design. For reviews published 1925-1974. Reviews included in the main index under subject (including biographies) or author of book reviewed.
  • New York Times Index. (Print ed.). Good for architecture, city planning, landscape architecture, urban design. Issued twice monthly with cumulations. Lists citations for book reviews in the New York Times. Entries are listed under the heading "Books and Literature."
  • Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature. Lists citations to book reviews found in general interest periodicals, including popular architecture, city planning and landscape architecture journals.  

Online Sources