About Choice Magazine

Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, a publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries, is the premier source for reviews of academic books and digital resources of interest to scholars and students in higher education. More than 22,000 librarians, faculty, and key decision makers rely on Choice magazine and Choice Reviews Online for collection development and scholarly research. Choice reaches almost every undergraduate college and university library in the United States.

Each year Choice publishes more than 7,000 reviews. These reviews are

  • Timely - typically the first comment on scholarly publications
  • Authoritative - written by selected experts in the subject
  • Concise - brief but thorough, providing information and recommendations
  • Easy to use - logical arrangement, including data needed to order the item reviewed

In a survey, Choice reviews were called “the best short critical evaluations of new titles available anywhere.” Choice subscribers rate it #1 among sources used to select materials for academic libraries.

Each issue of Choice contains hundreds of reviews of recent books and electronic resources, a bibliographic essay, and a list of significant forthcoming titles. Click to see sample reviews in a variety of subject areas from past issues of Choice. A sample bibliographic essay (“Toward Understanding the Death Penalty Debate”) and sample Web reviews are also available in full text at this site.

Choice covers more than 50 subdisciplines spanning the humanities, science and technology, and the social and behavioral sciences. The Selection Policy gives specific criteria for each subject section of the magazine.

Titles reviewed in Choice are assigned one of the following recommendation levels, which appear at the end of each review:

Essential:  A publication of exceptional quality for academic audiences and a core title for academic libraries supporting programs in relevant disciplines.

Highly recommended:  A publication of high quality and relevance for academic audiences.    

Recommended:  A publication containing good content and coverage and suitable for academic audiences.

Optional:  A publication that, due to limited value or deficiencies, is marginal for academic audiences.

Not recommended:  A poor quality publication or one not suitable for academic audiences.

Choice reviews are also available on cards and electronically. For more information go to Reviews on Cards.

Choice Reviews Online has been totally redesigned, with a new interface and expanded functionality. For more information, click here.

Choice reviews

  • Explain the author's approach to the subject
  • Describe the work's arrangement
  • Assess its contribution to the field
  • Focus on strengths or deficiencies
  • Compare it with similar titles
  • Specify the audience for whom the work is best suited

Choice subscribers include

  • Academic, public, and special libraries around the world
  • Most undergraduate academic institutions in the U.S.
  • Individuals, especially faculty, who wish to keep up with scholarly publishing
  • Most colleges and universities in Canada, and academic institutions and national libraries in Europe, Asia, and Australia


Choice maintains a Letters column and welcomes readers' responses.  To be considered for publication, letters must be limited to 300 words, encourage constructive discussion, and not contain ad hominem or libelous remarks.   Published letters must contain the full name and affiliation of the writer.   Editors make the final decision as to whether a letter will be published and reserve the right to edit letters for publication.   Reviewers will be given the opportunity to prepare a rejoinder to letters concerning their reviews. Submit letters to Editorial Director Bill Mickey.


Editorial Board

Peggy Seiden, Swarthmore College, Chair 

Zoe Fisher, Pierce College

Amanda L. Folk, University of Pittsburgh at Greenburg

Jennifer A. Maddox Abbott, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Akilah S. Nosakhere, Director of Library Services/Assistant Professor, New Mexico State University—Carlsbad anosa7@cavern.nmsu.edu

John H. Pollitz, University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire

Lutishoor Salisbury, University of Arkansas

Eduardo Morales Tinoco, University of Southern California

Board Liaison: Trevor A. Dawes, Washington University

Ex Officio

Priscilla J. Finley,  ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee

Mary Ellen K. Davis, Executive Director, ACRL mdavis@ala.org

Mark Cummings, Editor & Publisher, Choice mcummings@ala-choice.org