Write a statement giving essential information about the book: title, author,
first copywrite date, type of book, general subject matter.
State the author’s purpose in writing the book by asking yourself these questions:
a. What theoretical
framework(s) does the author use?
b. What was the author trying
c. How does this book fit
into the rationale of the course?
d. HINT: Scan the table of
contents. It can help you understand how the book is organized and will aid in
determining the author’s main ideas and how they are developed (i.e.,
analytically, chronologically, topically)
State the main contents and the thesis of the book. Summarize (briefly) the
main concepts, definitions, and factual information which deserve attention.
Explain the method or methods the author uses to support the author’s thesis.
Present your main reaction to the book:
a. How did the book affect
b. Were any previous ideas
you had on the subject changed, abandoned, or reinforced due to this book?
Evaluate the book for interest, accuracy, objectivity, importance, thoroughness
and usefulness for your learning.
Specifically, learning in an urban homelessness and policy in the U.S. course.
Develop some criticism:
a. What has the author
omitted or what problems were left unsolved?
b. What specific points are
Relate the book to larger issues in urban homelessness.
Conclude by listing the principles topics of your review and briefly summarize
the author’s ideas about these topics.
Your conclusion can be a final assessment or merely a restatement of
your thesis. Do not introduce new material at this point.