The papers are
due by April 1, 5PM. There will be a drop-off box in front of Room
The first thing to do is to look up the
Evaluation Sheet (PDF document).
It will tell you exactly what I am looking for in your paper and how it
will be graded. Please read it carefully, try to address each point and
dont forget to include it with your review essay. This is not only an
evaluation sheet, but also an instruction sheet.
In short, 2 sections of roughly equal length.
Who is the
What is the book
Where does it
fit into the literature? (In other words, why was the book written? Is
the author answering someone else's book? Is he/she part of a larger
What are the main
(Dont use too
Section 2: Critical analysis
What do you think
(dont criticize for its own sake)?
Build upon the
sources (you are expected to be familiar with all the relevant suggested
At the end of your review essay, include the following 3 attachments
Appendix 2: 4
Printed Book Reviews (to clarify, I want the whole review, not just the
Review Essay Evaluation Sheet (identified)
acceptable to use the "I" form in a review essay.
use whatever referencing style you like as long as you are
suggest a change of topic up to, but no longer than, 4 weeks
before the final deadline.
note that you have all semester to write your assignment. No
extra delay will therefore be given with the exception of a
sickness that might prevent you from delivering your assignment on time.
Locating reviews written by experts
Slides from Andrew Nicholson's
the art of finding book reviews.
(Note: You can avoid the first steps by cliking on the links below)
Finding book reviews:
Reviews Humanities and Social Sciences
Read the instructions for each database carefully. The UTL personnel
have gone to great length to help facilitate your use of these
Not all indexes provide direct links with the journals in which you will
find the book reviews. You might have to go back to the
UTL Website and look up the catalogue to find the issue of the
journal in which the book review was published.
Some advice on research and writing
The University of Toronto Mississauga Library staff
has compiled several links on researching and writing term papers.
Look them up.
Some additional advice from Professor Daniel
Drezner of Tufts University
On writing a
researching a paper