Complete a five page book review of any of the reference texts listed in the syllabus.
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. Same questions include:
When reviewing the overall quality of a book, examine the following:
Adapted from: USC's Writing a Book Review
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