Choice Reviews Online is an authoritative database of reviews of academic books and electronic resources. The library uses CHOICE Reviews to aid faculty in being part of the collection development process for their discipline as they can suggest items for purchase. The online version of CHOICE Reviews replaces the print Choice cards that we used to send to departments each month.
Register for a profile so you can save reviews to a list, save searches or create alerts to be sent to you when items are reviewed within your areas of interest.
1. You may create your own profile.
2. By creating your own profile you may see the Choice reviews for subject areas you have placed in your profile—just click on My Monthly Reviews.
3. You may select titles and email requests directly to your liaison or to colleagues .
4. You may browse the reviews or you can use both Quick and Advanced search if you are looking for specific titles or authors.
5. By visiting Current Issue, you can click on the Bibliographic Essay. The bibliographic essay chooses a subject and highlights important publications covering a designated time period.
6. Many issues also provide a forthcoming title list in a subject area.
7. You can create a profile and alerts. The alerts will email you when the next issue is available. A profile also allows one to save searches and make and save lists.
8. The online version has web exclusives: faculty picks (lists 5 essential titles), editors picks (highlights a wide-ranging group of titles from that issue) and hot topics (selected reviews of current interest topics).
9. You can search for Choice reviews as far back as 1988.
10. Review icons that may help guide you.
Some of the reviews contain icons indicating the title reviewed is part of a collection. These are:
Labels for each of these appear when you hover over the icon
As a current subscriber, your institution is already activated by means of its IP range. In order to take advantage of the many features of Choice Reviews, however, you will want to create an individual account associated with that of your institution.
If you are currently connected to your institution's network, from the navigation bar simply click Login.
Click the Create Account screen and enter the requested information to create a username and password for your account.
Using your login credentials (username and password) you may now access Choice Reviews from any device connected to the Internet, either in or outside of your institution's network. Choice Review's responsive design makes it usable from tablets and phones as well as your computer.
Alternatively, you may ask your systems administrator to create an account for you.
Once you are logged in, the navigation bar will change to show your account username.
Manage your account using the links under [Username] > My Info
Type a word into the simple search box at the top right of the navigation bar
When you enter multiple words, the default operator is OR, so if you are searching for an exact phrase or multiword combination, use quotation marks around the search terms: "cellular structure" "Richard III"
Open Advanced Search by clicking the drop-down arrow next to the Search box. You may create complex searches—for instance, combining an LC class search with a keyword—by entering values in multiple Advanced Search fields.
When you enter multiple words, the default operator is OR, so if you are searching for an exact phrase, title, etc., use quotation marks around the search terms: "gene expression."
Search the Title, Author, or Publisher fields by entering search strings in the boxes shown. When you enter multiple words, the default operator is OR, so if you are searching for an exact title or author full name, use quotation marks around the search terms: "The Rise of the Tudors" "Chris Skidmore".
Search by LC class or copyright year ranges by entering the appropriate values in the boxes shown. For LC classes, enter only the one- or two-letter prefix (e.g. "B," "BL"). The search does not accept LC Class numbers.
To search on all fields, use the four Search All Fields boxes. When you enter multiple words, the default operator is OR, so if you are searching for an exact phrase or multiword combination, use quotation marks around the search terms.
When you run an Advanced Search, the search parameters (and any filters you have applied) are shown in boxes at the top of the page. To clear all parameters, click Clear Results
After you've run a search, click the "Save Search Results" icon at the top of the search results list. You will be asked to name your search.
You can run the searches you have saved by clicking on Lists > My Lists > My Saved Searches & Alerts. When your saved searches are displayed, simply click on a search name to run the search again.
Saved searches can be programmed to run at regular intervals and to alert you to new additions to the search results. Click on Lists > My Lists > My Saved Searches & Alerts; choose the saved search for which you wish to create an alert; then select an interval (once a week, once a month) from the drop-down menu. An email will be sent to you when new items appear in your search results.
The search results page displays results in either abbreviated (bibliographic data only) or expanded form. The abbreviated form is the default, but you can display results in expanded form by clicking the Expand All box at the head of the search results list. To open an abbreviated review, click "Show More." To view a review on a page all its own, click on the title of the work.
Search results may be ordered using the drop-down menus at the head of the search results list. You can also specify the number of results displayed on each page.
To help you quickly find reviews of the most recently published works, the default sort order is Most Recent Reviews. When currency is not an issue, Most Relevant is often a desirable strategy.
Clicking the Print icon at the head of the search results list will print all titles on that page. Use the Expand All click box if you wish to include the review text of all items. Prints in a large font size.
Clicking on the title of any work listed on a search results page will display that review on a page of its own. Click the Print icon on the gear menu to print the review.
To print a list, click on its title to open it and then click the Print icon on the gear menu.
The Firefox browser has a known bug that renders it incompatible with the style sheet used in Choice Reviews to display review text. As a result, Firefox prints only blank pages when a user attempts to print review text. Until Firefox addresses this bug, we recommend that you print from the Chrome or Safari browsers.
If you wish to create a list of search results, indicate the titles you wish to include in your list by clicking the checkboxes at the upper left of each review, then click the "Create a New List" icon at the head of the search results. You will be asked to name your list.
Lists are limited to 200 titles.
To view a list you have saved, click on the Lists drop-down on the navigation bar to open it.
To edit, share, download, or print your list, click the gear icon associated with that list
As your lists proliferate, you may want to group them by topic, users, date, and so forth for ease of discovery. To create a group, from the Lists > My Lists > Groups menu, click "Create a New Group." After you have created a group, navigate to Lists > My Lists > Lists, select the list(s) you wish to include in a group, and click "Add List to Group" on the gear icon.
After you add a list to a group, the list name will no longer appear in Lists.
From the Lists menu, click on the gear icon for the list you wish to download, then choose "Download List."
Should the ISBN appear in scientific notation (!), right click on the cell in which it appears; choose Number format, then reduce the numbers to the right of the decimal to zero.
Your suggestions are very valuable to us, since you are the experts in your field. We ask you to send your purchase suggestions to your department liaison. Your liaison will then send any approved titles to their library liaison. Your suggestions can be emailed or printed and given to your liaison; please ask their preference.
E-mail, Print, and Save to Lists
Selected citations can easily be e-mailed, printed, downloaded (to Excel), or saved on the site (you must be logged in to save lists on the site. See "Create an account" tab to obtain a user name and password). Options for selecting and managing citations appear at the top and bottom of each list of records. Reviews can be e-mailed in brief citation or full text.
What are bibliographic essays?
Choice publishes bibliographic essays to meet the needs of undergraduates, faculty, and libraries serving these users. Essays may address a new curricular area, a topic that has assumed significantly increased interest, an interdisciplinary area, or important recent literature on a traditional subject. Essays cover core materials ranging from introductory to advanced undergraduate levels. Emphasis is on English-language books or electronic media including Internet resources.
On the section tab, click Bibliographic Essays. You will be taken to the Choice LibGuides site, where the essays are now published in that extremely useful format.
Please check the FAQ and User guide if you need more assistance or contact your department's library liaison.