Write a five page review of:
McChesney, Robert W. Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy
Your essay must include:
Library copy is an eBook
Some Common Features of a Critical Review
A review gives the reader a concise summary of the content.
A review offers a critical assessment of the content, often in relation to other studies on the same topic.
In addition to analyzing a book's strengths and weaknesses, a scholarly review often recommends whether or not readers would value the work for its authenticity and overall quality. This measure of quality includes both the author's ideas and arguments as well as practical issues, such as, readability and language, organization and layout, indexing, and the use of non-textual elements.
Develop a set of questions that should be answered as you read the book. Some questions include:
When reviewing the overall quality of a book, examine the following:
Adapted from: USC's Writing a Book Review
One way to gague the influence an article or book has on its field is to see who has been citing it and in what context. Humanities International Complete and ScienceDirect databases let you perform a cited reference search. As always with databases, just be aware that they only indexing a select group of resources. Another source that provides cited reference statistics is Google Scholar.
Take a look at the book review section of the following communication journals to see examples that will guide you in both format and content.
The full text will be found in the database Communication and Mass Media Complete. Search for the journal title in the SO Publication Name field and then limit your results to Full Text and Document type: Book Reviews.
You can also search the journal titles in Primo.
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Use Primo to find resources on your topic at Collins Library and beyond. Request books held by Summit libraries for delivery to Collins Library within 5-7 business days.
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