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  • Key Piece of Evidence
    Work is Relevant Multiple Sources Tangential Evidence Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Reviewing and Revising an Argument Key Piece of Evidence When relying on one key piece of evidence to make a point you will want to provide a detailed summary placing it in the context of its source The more the audience knows about this context the more they are likely to be convinced of

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  • Original Field Research as One of Many Forms of Evidence
    method and data relevant to the argument is sufficient For instance here s a sample paragraph Rather than learning for the sake of becoming a better person grades encourage performance for the sake of a better GPA The focus grading puts on performance undercuts learning opportunities when students choose courses according to what might be easiest rather than what they d like to know more about Sub point in a paper arguing that grades should be abolished in non major courses For example Summary of Published Study students polled at CSU in a College of Liberal Arts study cite the following reasons for choosing non major courses Easy grading 80 Low quantity of work 60 What was available 40 Personality of teacher 30 Interested in the class 10 Similarly in an interview I conducted with graduating seniors only two of the 20 people I spoke with found their non major courses valuable A description of field research methods and findings The other 18 reported that non major courses were a waste of time for a variety of reasons I m never going to do anything with them I just took whatever wouldn t distract me from my major so I

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  • Only a Small Part of Work is Relevant
    Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Reviewing and Revising an Argument Only a Small Part of Work is Relevant When only a small part of someone else s work is relevant such as a statistic or quote it need only be summarized or quoted However it is important to inform your audience when that work as a whole does not support your point or isn t relevant The best way to work with data or information from an outside source is to provide a short context setting summary of the entire piece and only the detail of what is relevant to your argument This summary can be as little as a phrase or clause For instance Although Smythe is against multicultural education in general It can also be an entire sentence as In Back to the Basics Smythe argues for a common curriculum for all students Some of his examples however can also support the exact opposite conclusion After such a context setting phrase or sentence you are free to summarize only those points you intend to use For example Although a discussion of recycling forms only a small part of Harrison s argument about global warming his statistics

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  • Multiple Sources
    Work is Relevant Multiple Sources Tangential Evidence Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Reviewing and Revising an Argument Multiple Sources When multiple sources support a single point in your argument even though each differs contextually somewhat from the other try synthesizing them into a single unit supportive of your common theme Coming from a variety of sources the audience will be more likely to find the combined

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  • Tangential Evidence
    Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Reviewing and Revising an Argument Tangential Evidence When tangential evidence is relevant but not exactly on point you must show its relation or connection to your claim Either a logical appeal or arguing for a particular interpretation of the evidence might do the trick On the other hand it might be better to present an outright refutation In both cases the best

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  • Scope: What a Book Review Is and Is Not
    Development Conclusions Reviewing Specific Types of Books Publication Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Book Reviews Scope What a Book Review Is and Is Not B ook reviews vary widely A review does not simply summarize book material and should not be substituted for the original book The purpose of a book review is to make known what a literary work purports to do and be as a publication for both general and specialized readers Essential components to be taken into account include concerns of subject matter and style A review is a critical essay a report and an analysis Whether favorable or unfavorable in its assessment it should seem authoritative The reviewer s competence must be convincing and satisfying As with any form of writing the writer of a book review is convincing through thorough study and understanding of the material and opinions supported by sound reasoning the reviewer achieves reader satisfaction upon by giving justice to the subject the book being reviewed and connecting it with vital human concerns A review may be limited in its scope due to length requirements whether those are set by an instructor or an editor How thoroughly and with

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  • Essential Objectives
    Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Book Reviews Essential Objectives A book review should address three issues Contents or what is said in the book Style or how it is said Assessment or analysis of how true and significant the book is The most essential preparation for review writing is of course a complete thoughtful reading of the book After reading the reviewer should have a sound integrated idea of the book contents and begin to develop attitudes toward style purpose and value As the reviewer forms ideas for the review certain influences and motives should be considered The interests general or special of the readers Are they looking to the review for an elementary informational report A more advanced technical scholarly address The reviewer s own particular interests and purposes Does the reviewer want to remain primarily a fact finding reporter Or are there more specialized ideas and principles of art and ideology the reviewer wants to advance Contemporary social economic political and aesthetic issues Do one or more of these affect the aim or emphasis of the book review How does the incorporation and interpretation of these issues in the book review further discussion of the book

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  • Material for the Review
    Reviewing Specific Types of Books Publication Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Book Reviews Material for the Review A s the reviewer decides the scope and content of the review there are various critical considerations to keep in mind In addition to content and style information about the publication and category of the book and the author and author purpose may be helpful with analysis Not all

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