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How to find reviews of books and films

Reviews of books and/or films may be found in various databases to which the UvA has a subscription.

LexisNexis Academic

LexisNexis Academic contains the full text of the large  number of national and international newspapers and weeklies. The database is accessible to UvA staff and students. The Dutch interface can be set to another language.

Academic Search Premier

In Academic Search Premier, enter (words from) the title and change "select a field (optional)" to "reviews and products".
You may also enter the author's name In the next search window, but keep the search key "select a field (optional)".


To search reviews in PiCarta:

  • make sure the search menu on the left is set to search [and]
  • enter some words from the title, separated by spaces
  • add mat a to select the publication type articles
  • and click search



In the Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Rezensionen (IBR-Online), the focus is on the social sciences and the humanities. Enter the author's name and some words from the title.

Web of Science

  • enter one or more words from the title of the book in the top search window; for non-English titles enter English terms
  • add the truncated last name of the author; use an asterisk to truncate
  • instead of "topic" select "title" from the drop-down menu, and click "search".


LiteRom contains reviews of Dutch and Flemish literary works. Literom can be consulted within UvA buildings only.


The Bibliografie van de Nederlandse Taal- en Literatuurwetenschap contains publications about Dutch literature and linguistics from 1940 onwards.

Enter a single search term or a phrase in quotes, e.g. "hubert lampo". Then search within the search results, e.g. joachim stiller. Use Geavanceerd to combine search terms in different search fields.

For reviews of primary literature, select the publication type artikel (from journal, book or website). The publication type recensie is used solely for reviews of secondary literature.


FIAF: International FilmArchive 
Select Multi-Field Search and follow this example:

  Review  Article Type
 AND  another year  Film Title

Arts and Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI) 

  • first search window: enter some words from the title
  • second search window: select Film Review in Document Type

Example: million dollar in Title AND Film Review in Document Type

How do I get the actual review?

If one of the search results has a UvA-linker, click it to see if the article is full-text available or in print. If there is no UvA-linker, search CataloguePlus by Journal Title or ISSN.

If a journal is not held by UvA, search the article’s title in PiCarta. Reviews published after 1 September 1992 are available in Dutch libraries. They may be requested by Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Reviews from before September 1992 are not always available in a Dutch library.

Published by  Library UvA

20 December 2018