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Book Reviews: Outline

Preliminary Information

Preliminary Information should include:

  • Title of the book
  • Author name(s)
  • Place of publication, publisher, date of publication
  • Edition
  • Number of pages
  • Special features such as maps, graphs, illustrations


Introduction should describe the purpose of your review.  You want to catch the reader's attention with your opening paragraph.

Description and analysis

Description and analysis includes one to several paragraphs to develop your thesis, such as background information about author, purpose of book, and significance of work.


Conclusion should summarize your thesis and discussion.