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Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries

Choice is a publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).[1] It includes the magazine Choice as well as other products including the Choice Reviews database. The magazine was established in 1964.[2] It is considered the premier source for reviews of academic books, electronic media, and Internet resources of interest to those in higher education. The magazine is headquartered in Middletown, Connecticut.[1]

Year founded1964
CountryUnited States
Based inMiddletown, Connecticut



Reviews are done by scholars. For a print book, they are to be no longer than 190 words, and slightly longer for internet resources.

Scope of influenceEdit

Most academic libraries in the United States use Choice and/or Choice Reviews for selecting and purchasing materials.

Reviews are published monthly in Choice magazine and are added in real time to the Choice Reviews subscription database. Choice publishes approximately 500-600 reviews each month in subdisciplines spanning the humanities, science and technology, and the social and behavioral sciences.

Outstanding Academic TitlesEdit

Every year, in its January issue, Choice chooses a selection of the books reviewed in the last year as "Outstanding Academic Titles" ("Outstanding Academic Books" until 2000). The selection covers around 10% of the roughly 7000 books reviewed annually.[3] A list of Outstanding Academic Titles[4] may be viewed at the ALA Outstanding Academic Title portal.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Book Review Magazines". Book Market. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  2. ^ John Thomas Gillespie; Ralph J. Folcarelli (1998). Guides to Collection Development for Children and Young Adults. Libraries Unlimited. p. 4. ISBN 978-1-56308-532-1. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  3. ^ Choice, Outstanding Academic Titles, Retrieved February 24, 2010
  4. ^ List of Outstanding Academic Titles, ALA.
  5. ^ ALA Outstanding Academic Title portal, ALA.

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