The database will let you limit your search by different categories of reviews - book, entertainment, film, music, and television. Scroll down to the Document Type section (circled below) and highlight your limiter, then type the name of the book, album, movie, etc., into the search box.
Once you're in Global Newsstream, type the book title and author (or the film title, etc.,) in the advanced search boxes. For example, to find reviews of Dan Brown's novel Origin, type in: origin and dan brown. Capitalization doesn't matter.
Then, scroll down and check off "Review" in the Document Type column in the middle. (You can also use the Document Type box to select the type of review: for example, Book or Film.) Then click Search.
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In addition to the link above, NoveList Plus can be found on the library's website under Databases. Searching is easy! Just type in the title of a book for which you'd like to find reviews, or an author's name, or even a genre (fantasy, science fiction, romance, mystery, and so on).
If the book has been reviewed by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Booklist, or Kirkus Reviews, those reviews will be included in full. Note: for those interested in what goes into writing one of these reviews -- the elements that should be included, length, ethics, and so forth -- check out Library Journal's reviewer guidelines.
Book Review Index, on the index shelves (Reference Indexes Z1035.A1 B6) next to the microfilm area on the library's 1st floor, provides details on where book reviews can be found in a variety of popular magazines, journals, and newspapers. The library owns volumes for 1965 through 2013. Once you have a review venue, date, and page number for the reviews, check the library's online catalog to see where the journals are shelved.
Also try Book Review Digest (Reference Indexes Z1219 .C95) for locating older reviews. The library owns 1906 to 2014, so if the book for which you want to find reviews was published during this time, check Book Review Digest for the review venue, date, and page numbers.
Google News - good for reviews from newspapers or online periodicals. Type in the name of what you want to find and "review."
Rotten Tomatoes - an "aggregator" (place that collects reviews from multiple sources) of movie reviews
Metacritic - another aggregator source for video game, movie, television, and music reviews. Critic and user reviews are listed in separate columns.
Good sites for restaurant reviews include newspapers (Booth Library has online access to the Chicago Tribune, for instance) and regional magazines, like St. Louis Magazine and Indianapolis Monthly. Note: if you're curious about the guidelines that many professional restaurant reviewers follow, check out the Food Critics' Guidelines from the Association of Food Journalists!