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University of Toronto Mississauga • Department of Geography • Fall 2018

GGR 329H5F: Environment and the Roots of Globalization


 Instructor: Pierre Desrochers


 Lectures: Monday 7-9 PM


 Phone: (905) 828-5206

 Office: Davis Building, room 3273


 Lecture room: CC 2150




Review Essay

The papers are due by March 30, 5PM. There will be a drop-off box in front of Room Davis 3284.

Detailed instructions

The first thing to do is to look up the Review Essay 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 don’t 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.

Section 1: Summary

Who is the author?
What is the book about?
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 debate?)
What are the main arguments?
(Don’t use too many quotes.)

Section 2: Critical analysis

What do you think (don’t criticize for its own sake)?
Build upon the argumentation 
    Summarized earlier
    Book reviews 
    Other sources (you are expected to be familiar with all the relevant suggested readings). 

At the end of your review essay, include the following 3 attachments
Appendix 1: Marked Proposal
Appendix 2: 4 Printed Book Reviews (to clarify, I want the whole review, not just the reference)
Appendix 3: Review Essay Evaluation Sheet (identified) 

Other considerations

It is acceptable to use the "I" form in a review essay.
You can use whatever referencing style you like as long as you are consistent.
You can suggest a change of topic up to, but no longer than, 4 weeks before the final deadline.
Please note that you have all semester to write your assignment. No extra delay will therefore be given with the exception of a documented
  sickness that might prevent you from delivering your assignment on time.

Locating reviews written by experts

Slides from Andrew Nicholson's presentation on the art of finding book reviews.
(Note: You can avoid the first steps by cliking on the links below)

Finding book reviews:

Book Reviews – Humanities and Social Sciences

Book Reviews – Sciences

Read the instructions for each database carefully. The UTL personnel have gone to great length to help facilitate your use of these resources.

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 paper / On researching a paper

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