Book Review

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Book reviews are required of each student in order to complete this course. The book(s) will be chosen by the instructor. When writing the review, you must follow the appropriate rules of grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure. Grades will be based on historical/factual content and literary quality. A maximum of 10 points will be deducted from your score for composition errors. The report will be graded as an examination and will be scored on a scale of 100 points. The makeup rules for examinations apply to the book review. NO NOTES ARE PERMITTED DURING THE BOOK REVIEW. Use the following format to prepare your review: 1. Give the proper citation of the book. Example: McReynolds, Edwin C. Oklahoma : A History of the Sooner State . Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1977, 477 pages. (5 points) 2. Write a brief biography of the author. Be sure to include: place and date of birth and death, if appropriate, educational background, place of employment, professional experience, and other works. Information about authors may be found in The Directory of American Scholars, various versions of Who's Who, Biography and Genealogy Index, Current Biography, Dictionary of Literary Biography. Some authors may have a web site with biographical information. (10 points) 3. In 3-5 sentences identify the scope and thesis of the book. The scope is the time period encompassed by the book and the thesis is the purpose of the book. (10 points) 4. Describe the sources used by the author. List three different examples of primary sources and three different examples of secondary sources. (10 points) A. Examples of primary sources include but are not limited to: contemporary reports, diaries, letters, manuscript collections, newspapers, government documents, and oral history. A primary source is an account of events at the

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