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BOOK REVIEWS: How to Write a Book Review

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How to Write a Book Review AND Sources Discussion the Roles of Book Reviews:
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BOOK REVIEWS :



WRITING AND WRITERS: SKILLS:



How to Write a Book Review



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How to Write a Book Review:

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How to Write a Book Review FROM Queens University



Scan the Book's Preliminaries

Read the Text

Consult Additional Sources

Prepare an Outline

Write the Draft

Revise the Draft



http://guides.library.queensu.ca/bookreviews/writing



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Writing a Book Review FROM Purdue Owl. Purdue University. Online Writing Lab



"Book reviews typically evaluate recently-written works. They offer a brief description of the texts key points and often provide a short appraisal of the strengths and weaknesses of the work.



Readers sometimes confuse book reviews with book reports, but the two are not identical. Book reports commonly describe what happens in a work; their focus is primarily on giving an account of the major plot, characters, and/or main idea of the work. Most often, book reports are a K-12 assignment and range from 250 to 500 words. If you are looking to write a book report, please see the OWL resource, Writing a Book Report.



By contrast, book reviews are most often a college assignment, but they also appear in many professional works: magazines, newspapers, and academic journals. They typically range from 500-750 words, but may be longer or shorter. A book review gives readers a sneak peek at what a book is like, whether or not the reviewer enjoyed it, and details on purchasing the book."



https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/704/1/







Writing a Book Review



Writing a book review

By:Peh, W. C. G. (wilfred.peh@...) ; Ng, K. H.

SMJ Singapore Medical Journal

Volume:51

Issue:9

Pages:685-688

Published:SEP 2010



Abstract



"A book review is a form of academic writing that provides a succinct yet critical analysis evaluating the content, style, merit and significance of a book. The reader should gain insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the book, aided by input from the reviewer. The four stages of writing a book review are: introducing the book, outlining its contents, highlighting parts of the book by selecting particular chapters or themes, and giving a detailed evaluation."



http://tinyurl.com/lh9ojtf



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Book review From Wikipedia



A book review is a form of literary criticism in which a book is analyzed based on content, style, and merit.[1] A book review can be a primary source opinion piece, summary review or scholarly review.[2] Books can be reviewed for printed periodicals, magazines and newspapers, as school work, or for book web sites on the Internet. A book review's length may vary from a single paragraph to a substantial essay. Such a review may evaluate the book on the basis of personal taste. "Reviewers may use the occasion of a book review for a display of learning or to promulgate their own ideas on the topic of a fiction or non-fiction work."



Contents



1 See also

2 Literature

3 References

4 External links



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_review



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Writing Book Reviews FROM Indiana University (Bloomington)



Some of the Topics Covered in This Guide



What are the authors viewpoint and purpose?

What are the authors main points?

What kind of evidence does the author use to prove his or her points? Is the evidence convincing?

How does this book relate to other books on the same topic?

Does the author have the necessary expertise to write the book?

Does the author have the necessary expertise to write the book?



http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/book_reviews.shtml



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Book Reviews

FROM College of Arts and Sciences

The Writing Center.

The University of North Carolina



Becoming an expert reviewer: three short examples

Developing an assessment: before you write

Writing the review INCLUDES:

Summary of content

Analysis and evaluation of the book

Conclusion



http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/book-reviews/



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Writing Book Reviews



Contents



Why review?

Writing reviews

Nasty Reviews

Practical Problems

Opportunities

Responsibility and the Law

Online Reviews

Books and Articles



http://litrefsarticles.blogspot.co.uk/2010/08/writing-book-reviews.html



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National Book Critics Circle ( Critical Mass, The Blog of the National Book Critics Circle)



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Writing Book Reviews in Political Science



Content of a book review:

A book review should answer three questions --

1.) What is the writer of the book trying to communicate?

2.) How clearly and convincingly did the author get his/her message across to the reader?

3.) Was the message worth reading?



Argument of a book review:



Like all political science papers, book reviews assert a claim -- they do more than summarize what the author says. The thesis of your book review will respond to questions 2 and 3 above: Is the argument of the book compelling? Did the author convince you of his point, and how significant is this point?



http://depts.washington.edu/pswrite/bookrev.html



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ARTICLE: Writing Book Reviews



Writing Book Reviews

Author: Schmid, Anne M.

Journal: Journal of technical writing and communication

ISSN: 0047-2816 Date: 01/1974

Volume: 3 Issue: 3 Page: 1

DOI: 10.2190/5VWW-TXHP-JRE8-0MNE



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ARTICLE: Reading and Writing Book Reviews Across the Disciplines



Reading and writing book reviews across the disciplines

Author: Hartley, James

Journal:

Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology

ISSN: 1532-2882 Date: 07/2006

Volume: 57 Issue: 9 Page: 1194

DOI: 10.1002/asi.20399



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BOOK: Writing Book Reviews



Writing book reviews

CONTRIBUTORS:

Author: Drewry, John E. (b. 1902, d. ----)

PUBLISHER:

Greenwood Press (Westport, Conn)

YEAR: 1974

PUB TYPE: Book (ISBN 0837172853 )

VOLUME/EDITION:

PAGES (INTRO/BODY): xv, 230 p.

SUBJECT(S): Book reviewing; Report writing

DISCIPLINE: No discipline assigned

LC NUMBER: PN98.B7 D7 1974



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ARTICLE: Writing the Social, Critique, Theory, and Investigations



[BOOK REVIEW]

Writing the Social, Critique, Theory, and Investigations

Author: Smith, DE

Journal: The Canadian review of sociology and anthropology

ISSN: 0008-4948 Date: 2000

Volume: 37 Issue: 3 Page: 368



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ARTICLE: How to Write a Book Review: A Guide for Students.



How to Write a Book Review: A Guide for Students.

Author: Hammett, HB

Journal: Social studies (Philadelphia, Pa. : 1953)

ISSN: 0037-7996 Date: 1974

Volume: 74



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ARTICLE: A Guide to Writing Book Reviews



A Guide to Writing Book Reviews

Ramon Shaban

Keywords

book reviews; writing guide

Journal of Emergency Primary Health Care

2006; Volume 4 : Issue 3

Article Number: 990208



http://tinyurl.com/ky2fs22



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ERIC DOCUMENT: Tips for the Practitioner on Writing Book Reviews



Tips for the Practitioner on Writing Book Reviews. Techniques.

Brockett, Ralph G.

Lifelong Learning, v8 n5 insert Feb 1985



http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED273993



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ARTICLE: Book Review: Writing Power: Communication in an Engineering Center



Book Review: Writing Power: Communication in an Engineering Center

Author: Shwom, B.

Journal: The Journal of business communication (1973)

ISSN: 0021-9436 Date: 04/2006

Volume: 43 Issue: 2 Page: 172

DOI: 10.1177/0021943605286007



http://tinyurl.com/pwr25oj



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ARTICLE: Writing book reviews



Writing book reviews

Author: Aiken, D

Journal: Physical therapy

ISSN: 0031-9023 Date: 11/1978

Volume: 58 Issue: 11 Page: 1361

PMID: 704685



http://tinyurl.com/kb7osxc



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ARTICLE: Writing book reviews



Writing book reviews

Author: Hendee, W R

Journal: Health physics (1958)

ISSN: 0017-9078 Date: 12/1987

Volume: 53 Issue: 6 Page: 565

PMID: 3679821



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BOOK: Writing at University: A Guide for Students



Book Review:

Writing at University: A Guide for Students

(2nd Edition)

Author: Scott, M.

Journal: Arts and humanities in higher education

ISSN: 1474-0222 Date: 02/2005

Volume: 4 Issue: 1 Page: 111

DOI: 10.1177/1474022205048762



http://tinyurl.com/ndlrr4j



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ARTICLE: Pocket Guide To Technical Writing [Book Reviews]



Pocket Guide To Technical Writing [Book Reviews]

Author: Harper, C.

Journal: IEEE electrical insulation magazine

ISSN: 0883-7554 Date: 05/1998

Volume: 14 Issue: 3 Page: 43

DOI: 10.1109/MEI.1998.675582



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ARTICLE: Book Review Writing for Beginners



Book review writing for beginners

Author: Farr, A D

Journal: BMJ. British medical journal (Clinical research ed.)

ISSN: 0959-8138 Date: 11/1985

Volume: 291 Issue: 6506 Page: 1428

DOI: 10.1136/bmj.291.6506.1428-e



http://tinyurl.com/kgb2l7p



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ARTICLE: Book Reviewing in the BJET: A Survey of BJET's Referees' and Writers' Views



Book Reviewing in the BJET: A Survey of BJET's Referees' and Writers' Views

Author: Hartley, James

Journal: British journal of educational technology

ISSN: 0007-1013 Date: 09/2005

Volume: 36 Issue: 5 Page: 897

DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2005.00537.x



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ARTICLE: Writing for Professional Publication



Writing for Professional Publication.

Author: Fulton, T

Journal: Education libraries

ISSN: 0148-1061 Date: 1985

Volume: 10 Issue: 1 Page: 18



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ARTICLE: How to Be a Book Critic: A Guide for Librarians



How to Be a Book Critic: A Guide for Librarians

Author: Grefrath, R

Journal: The Reference librarian

ISSN: 0276-3877 Date: 1986

Issue: 15 Page: 35



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ARTICLE: Book Reviewing: Keeping the Audience in Mind



Book Reviewing: Keeping the Audience in Mind

Author: Hill, K

Journal: Nurse author & editor

ISSN: 1054-2353 Date: 1997

Volume: 7 Issue: 1 Page: 4

PMID: 9397813



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ARTICLE: Writing Reviews for Readers' Advisory



Writing Reviews for Readers' Advisory

Author: Osorio, MA

Journal: Collection building

ISSN: 0160-4953 Date: 2010

Volume: 29 Issue: 4 Page: 162



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ARTICLE: Short Words Work Well, Make Good Sense:

Some Ways to Write \with Them When You Deal with Books



Short Words Work Well, Make Good Sense:

Some Ways to Write \with Them When You Deal with Books

Author: Bodian, Nat

Journal: Publishing research quarterly

ISSN: 1053-8801 Date: 12/1999

Volume: 15 Issue: 4 Page: 43

DOI: 10.1007/s12109-999-0035-x



http://tinyurl.com/lj4cc2w



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ARTICLE: Role of Gender in Reviewers' Appraisals of Quality

in Political Science Books: A Content Analysis



Role of Gender in Reviewers' Appraisals

of Quality in Political Science Books:

A Content Analysis

Author: McGinty, Stephen

Journal: The Journal of academic librarianship

ISSN: 0099-1333 Date: 07/2008

Volume: 34 Issue: 4 Page: 288

DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2008.05.001



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ARTICLE: In the Profession: Re-viewing the Academic Book Review



In the Profession: Re-viewing the Academic Book Review

Author: Adams, M.

Journal: Journal of English linguistics

ISSN: 0075-4242 Date: 06/2007

Volume: 35 Issue: 2 Page: 202

DOI: 10.1177/0075424207302347



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ARTICLE: A Strategy for Reviewing Books for Journals



A Strategy for Reviewing Books for Journals

Barbara Gastel

BioScience

Vol. 41, No. 9 (Oct., 1991), pp. 635-637

Published by: University of California Press

Article Stable URL:



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Full Text in JSTOR



http://www.jstor.org/stable/1311703



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ARTICLE: The Scholarly Book Review in the Humanities



The Scholarly Book Review in the Humanities

Author: East, John W.

Journal: Journal of scholarly publishing

ISSN: 1198-9742 Date: 10/2011

Volume: 43 Issue: 1 Page: 52

DOI: 10.3138/jsp.43.1.52



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ARTICLE: The Anatomy of a Book Review



The Anatomy of a Book Review

Author: Hartley, James

Journal: Journal of technical writing and communication

ISSN: 0047-2816 Date: 01/2010

Volume: 40 Issue: 4 Page: 473



http://tinyurl.com/oqbguvs



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ARTICLE: Book Review Lawsuits and Book Review Standards



Book Review Lawsuits and Book Review Standards:

An Editorial Comment

Author: Yee, S.

Journal: Chinese journal of international law (Boulder, Colo.)

ISSN: 1540-1650 Date: 03/2011

Volume: 10 Issue: 1 Page: 171

DOI: 10.1093/chinesejil/jmr010



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ARTICLE: Redefining Book Reviews for the Digital Age



Redefining Book Reviews for the Digital Age

Author: Butler, D

Journal: Contemporary issues in technology and teacher education

ISSN: 1528-5804 Date: 2010

Volume: 10 Issue: 1 Page: 80



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ARTICLE: The Book Review: Scholarly and Editorial Responsibility



The Book Review: Scholarly and Editorial Responsibility

Author: Felber, Lynette

Journal: Journal of scholarly publishing

ISSN: 1198-9742 Date: 04/2002

Volume: 33 Issue: 3 Page: 166

DOI: 10.3138/jsp.33.3.166



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BOOK: The Handbook of Scholarly Writing and Publishing



The Handbook of Scholarly Writing and Publishing

The Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series

Authors Tonette S. Rocco, Tim Hatcher

Contributor John W. Creswell

Edition illustrated

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, 2011

ISBN 0470393351, 9780470393352

Length 368 pages

Book Chapter

Creating and Publishing Nonreferreed Publications:

How to Write Editorials

p 222



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ARTICLE: How to Write a Scholarly Book Review For Publication

in a Peer-Reviewed Journal: A Review of the Literature



How to Write a Scholarly Book Review For Publication

in a Peer-Reviewed Journal:

A Review of the Literature

Author: Lee, AD

Journal: The Journal of chiropractic education

ISSN: 1042-5055 Date: 2010

Volume: 24 Issue: 1 Page: 57



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BOOK: Academic Discourse Across Disciplines



Academic Discourse Across Disciplines

Volume 42 of Linguistic Insights :

Studies in Language and Communication

Volume 42 of Linguistic Insights

Authors Ken Hyland, Marina Bondi

Editors Ken Hyland, Marina Bondi

Edition illustrated

Publisher Peter Lang, 2006

ISBN 3039111833, 9783039111831

Length 320 pages



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ARTICLE: Using Digital Video to Create Online Book Reviews



Using Digital Video to Create Online Book Reviews

Author: Butler, D

Journal:

Contemporary issues in technology and teacher education

ISSN: 1528-5804 Date: 2010

Volume: 10 Issue: 1 Page: 80



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Scholarly Book Reviews in Literature Journals

as Collections Development Sources for Librarians



Scholarly Book Reviews in Literature Journals

as Collections Development Sources for Librarians

Author: Parker, Jean McGruer

Journal: Collection management

ISSN: 0146-2679 Date: 01/1989

Volume: 11 Issue: 1-2 Page: 41

DOI: 10.1300/J105v11n01_02



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BOOK: Writing and Publishing for Academic Authors



Writing and Publishing for Academic Authors

Author Joseph Michael Moxley

Editors Joseph Michael Moxley, Todd W. Taylor, Todd Taylor

Edition 2, illustrated

Publisher Rowman & Littlefield, 1997

ISBN 0847682587, 9780847682584

Length 239 pages



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Lies and Venom: Some Thoughts on Reviews and Reviewers



Lies and Venom: Some Thoughts on Reviews and Reviewers

Author: MacGlashan, M

Journal: Indexer

ISSN: 0019-4131 Date: 2008

Volume: 26 Issue: 4 Page: 172



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Book Reviews in Humanities Research Evaluations



Book Reviews in Humanities Research Evaluations

Author: Zuccala, Alesia

Journal:

Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology

ISSN: 1532-2882 Date: 10/2011

Volume: 62 Issue: 10 Page: 1979

DOI: 10.1002/asi.21588



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H-Net Reviews



"H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences is an online

scholarly review resource. Charlotte Weber and Basia Nowak are

Editors of H-Net Reviews. Each H-Net discussion network has its

own review editor. Once posted to individual H-Net networks,

reviews are posted to H-Review and archived on this site.

The ISSN for H-Net reviews is 1538-0661.



H-Net Reviews bring a new dimension to the world of academic

publishing. Our reviews are published online via discussion networks

and the H-Net web site. This permits our reviews to reach scholars with

a speed unmatched in any other medium. It also makes a new kind of

interactivity possible, as reviewers, authors and readers engage in

discussions of the reviews online. Through the power of e-mail and

the web H-Net has helped pioneer online scholarly reviewing.



The Reviews archive is separated into annual volumes. You can browse

through the volumes or use our powerful search feature to assist in

finding reviews. Our review guidelines are available for online reference."



http://www.h-net.org/reviews/home.php





Sample Book Review



This is a Review of:



MEDICAL LIBRARIAN 2.0: USE OF WEB 2.0 TECHNOLOGIES IN REFERENCE SERVICES.

Wood, Sandra M. ed. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Information Press,

2007

0789036053, 0789036061. $90.00


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