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
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
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
(Don’t use too
Section 2: Critical analysis
What do you think
(don’t 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.
How do I choose a book for the review
UofT libraries are among the best in North
America. Select a topic and see what’s there.
Look up the links listed on my website.
You really don’t have a clue:
Talk to me during my office hours (and don’t wait too long)
interesting topic rather than shorter book
Look up more than
1 book before making up your mind
books are usually more coherent and easier to review
It is easier to
be critical when you disagree with the author.
Locating reviews written by experts
Finding book reviews:
University of Toronto Libraries (Click on "Book Reviews Research
Reviews – Humanities and Social Sciences
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
researching a paper