Munzenmaier • Hamilton College • Urbandale, IA
Remember writing book reviews in grade school? You probably began by summarizing the book and ended with your opinion about whether your classmates would enjoy reading it.
An article review contains the same basic elements:
• an overview of the content of an article
• your opinion about the article
College teachers often require article reviews as a way of introducing students to professional literature: books and articles written for people with training in a particular field.
To complete this assignment:
1. Choose an article written for an expert audience from
2. Review the class materials below.
3. If you have additional questions, check out the Internet resources below. The first resources are the most basic; the tutorials take you through the writing process step-by-step in greater depth.
4. Still have questions? Email your instructor and explain where you're stuck.
to Grips with Reading and Writing Academic Articles
Writing Book/Article Reviews: A Guide for the Perplexed
Critical Reviews (step-by-step guide from UW-Madison)
Critiques (questions to ask as you read and write about your article)
Book Reviews and Article Reviews (questions for in-depth analysis)
a Literature Review in the Health Sciences and Social Work
Writing a Summary (what should you include?)
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Teachers are free to reproduce or modify them for educational use.