Book reviews should display your knowledge and understanding of the book you are reviewing. You should talk about the book's strengths and weaknesses. Be sure to demonstrate your critical thinking skills!
Book reviews should answer the following questions:
You should have a set of criteria in mind on which you will evaluate the book. Below are some examples.
Like any other paper, your book review needs to be organized in a logical manner.
Wolfe, A. (2017). Rules for Radicals. New Republic, 248(10), 46–50. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=124870491&site=ehost-live>
A Crisis of Democracy--Again. (2000). Policy, 16(4), 47. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=4404496&site=ehost-live
Put the topic of your book in the search box (if there are multiple boxes, just use the top box)
In the Search Options box, set Document Type to Book Review and click Search.
Go to the Advanced Search. Put your topic in the search box with the format ALL=your topic (e.g. ALL=democracy). Set the Document Type (in the second box below the search box) to Book Review and click Search.
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Students: Use your jacks e-mail username and password (use the whole e-mail address as the username).
Faculty/Staff: Use your campus login credentials.
Are you confused about the difference between journals and magazines? No problem, here is what to look for to determine which you have.
Journals: Content is written to inform the reader.
Magazines: Content is written to entertain the reader.