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Final Exam Assignment – Book Review Essay

Your final “exam” assignment is to write a book review on ONE of the following books assigned for this class. You may select the book you find to be most interesting.

  • Curtis IV, Edward E. "Muslims in America: A Short History." Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Turner, Richard Brent. "Islam in the African-American Experience, 2nd Edition." Bloomington and Indianapolis: University of Indiana Press, 2003.

Below are three “how to” links for writing book reviews. The first link from San Diego State University is most useful. Use this link or a combination of the three to guide you in preparing for and writing your book review. Everything in these three guides may not be applicable to the type of book you are reviewing.

Reading and Reviewing Scholarly Books” – San Diego State University
Writing An Historical Book Review” – Thomas Saylor, Ph.D.
How to Write a History Book Review” – University of Iowa

Your book review should meet the following criteria:

  • Write a book review 3-4 pages in length
  • Page format
    • Double space
    • 12 pt. font
    • One inch margins
    • Times New Roman font type
  • Remember to carefully proofread and edit your work!

When writing your book review, do not just assert something is true or occurred for this reason or that, prove it. To do this, include in your book review specific examples/”evidence” from the book to support your assertions. You must provide quotation marks where appropriate; that is, when you are using the exact words of the document author. Not doing so is plagiarism and plagiarism is not tolerated at STLCC. You must include the page number(s) in the book where this quote can be found. For example, (Page 68). When you summarize/paraphrase something from a specific section of the book, you must also include a page number citation following this summary/paraphrase. For example, (Page 73). In many cases, the difference between and A and a B as a grade is due to the effective use of supporting evidence from the selected book with appropriate page citations.

You should use conventions of writingi as outlined in the endnote below. If you need help with these or other writing skills, visit the Writing Lab.

i Writing conventions include spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and paragraphing. The writer should use conventions to enhance the readability of the paper. Spelling should be correct on all words. Punctuation should be smooth and guide the reader through the paper. Capitalization should be used correctly. Paragraphing should reinforce organization.