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Evaluating Information: Writing Book Reviews & Annotated Bibliographies

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The critical skills described in this section on evaluating information can be applied quickly and automatically whenever researching a topic, but if taken a step further and done thoroughly, they can be used to write book reviews and annotated bibliographies. These can be ends in themselves, for the use of other researchers, or they can make up a part of your own research project.


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How to Write a Book Review:
A critical review of a scholarly book provides information about the book including statements about the author's thesis and how it is developed, and an evaluation of how well it succeeds.
The following are some short guides that provide pointers on how to write a good critical book review:
How to Write a Book Review. By Ian Colford, Dalhousie University Libraries. http://www.library.dal.ca/how/bookrev.htm
Writing an Historical Book Review. By Dr. Thomas Saylor, Concordia University. http://homepages.csp.edu/saylor/Documents/WRITING_AN_HISTORICA/4826_5328.htm
Writing Book Reviews. By Gary Draper, University of Waterloo Libraries. http://www.lib.uwaterloo.ca/libguides/1-12.html
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How to Write an Annotated Bibliography:
A critical annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and other resources with a brief paragraph describing and evaluating each source.
The following are some short guides on how to write a good critical annotated bibliography:
How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography. By Micheal Engle, Amy Blumenthal, and Tony Cosgrave, Cornell University Library. http://www.library.cornell.edu/okuref/research/skill28.htm
How to Write an Annotated Bibliography. By Kenneth Lyons, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz. http://library.ucsc.edu/ref/howto/annotated.html
How to Write Annotated Bibliographies. Memorial University Libraries. http://www.library.mun.ca/guides/howto/annotated_bibl.php
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