"I certainly never write a review about a book I don't think worth reviewing, a flat-out bad book, unless it's an enormously fashionable bad book." --
says, John Gardner in Conversations with John Gardner
Quoted from 'Dictionary of Library and Information Science Quotations'     Edited by Mohamed Taher & L S Ramaiah. ISBN: 8185689423 (New Delhi , Aditya, 1994) p.150. Available @ Amazon.com

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Resources for Reviews & Reviewers

What is a review?
A review is information about a publication. Such a work may be a book, journal, report, etc., (in print format), a Web site, software, multimedia, etc., (in electronic format), and so on.
Reviews may have one or all components, such as, summary, criticism, evaluation about a publication.

Where would you look for guidelines?
May be in some publisher's Website, or a reviewers' Blog who wants to share his / her experiences, or elsewhere!!!

For much more read:

  • Crawford, Walt. "Reviewing." Chap. 7 in First Have Something to Say: Writing for the Library Profession. Chicago: American Library Association, 2003.
    This chapter echoes many of the ideas described above and spends a significant portion of the narrative discussing the review on nonprint materials such as CD-ROMs.

  • Smith, Linda C. "Selection and Evaluation of Reference Sources." In Reference and Information Services: An Introduction, 3rd ed., edited by Richard E. Bopp and Linda C. Smith, 309-330. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 2001.
    This chapter describes several criteria that are useful even when reviewing non-reference materials: format, scope, relation to similar works, authority, treatment, arrangement, special features, and cost. In a reviewing context, the overall tone of the evaluation should often reflect a holistic view of the work in relation to criteria and achieve an appropriate balance (but not necessarily parity) between positive and negative characteristics of the work. [For the above two citations, I wish to thank Phillip M. Edwards, Review Editor, Journal of Web Librarianship]

    Call for Reviewers: Information Professionals
    1. Call for Reviewers: Information Resources Management Journal contact: Book Review Editor, Mohamed Taher
    2. Technology Electronic Reviews (TER)
    3. American Reference Books Annual, Looking for New Reviewers

    Guidelines for Reviews:
    a. Resources for Reviewers: Advantages of being a reviewer, Role of a reviewer, A reviewer's main responsibilities include
    Sample book review from The MetaMemes Guy
    b. Book Review - Guidelines, Information Resources Management Journal:
    An Official Publication of the Information Resources Management Association
    c. Resources for Reviewers Submit a requested review [Nicotine & Tobacco Research]
    A Literary Saloon and Site of Review - What's New; The Best; The Rest
    d. BOOK REVIEWS, by Jill M. Hackenberg, Book Review Editor https://www.haworthpress.com/
  • READ: Publication Details [to know the market, audience, writing styles, etc.]
  • Learn from the best practices: Weekly Book Review: BlogWild! by Spiritual Horticulturalist, June 25, 2006

    Where are these reviews available:
  • Book Review Digest Plus. New York: H. W. Wilson
  • Book Review Index. Detroit: Gale Research
  • The New York Review of Books
  • Choice magazine, Chicago: Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of American Library Association.
  • The New York Times on the Web: Books
  • Amazon.com
  • Barnesandnoble.com
  • Times Literary Supplement
  • Guardian Unlimited Books: Top 10s

    Looking for more:
  • Google for journal review guidelines
  • Google for media reviews
  • Google for Website reviews
  • Google for more on Review Resources
  • Google paid reviewer
  • Google for freelance reviewers
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