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A book review is a form of "literary criticism in which a book is analyzed based on content, style, and merit. A book review may be a "primary source, opinion piece, summary review or scholarly review. Books can be reviewed for printed periodicals, magazines and newspapers, as school work, or for book web sites on the Internet. A book review's length may vary from a single paragraph to a substantial "essay. Such a "review may evaluate the book on the basis of personal taste. Reviewers may use the occasion of a book review for an extended essay that can be closely or loosely related to the subject of the book, or to promulgate their own ideas on the topic of a fiction or "non-fiction work.
There are a number of journals devoted to book reviews, and reviews are indexed in databases such as "Book Review Index and "Kirkus Reviews; but many more book reviews can be found in newspaper databases as well as scholarly databases such as "Arts and Humanities Citation Index, "Social Sciences Citation Index and discipline-specific databases.
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