1. Times New Roman 12 point font
2. 1 inch margins (left, right, top, and bottom) and page number/header at 1/2 inch top
3. Must be a minimum of 7 pages (excluding Title Page and Reference Page)
4. You need a minimum of 2 scholarly journal articles sources within your paper. Make
sure that when you use your sources they provide something significant to the point
you are making and you are not using them as unnecessary filler.
5. Your sources cannot be older than 2012.
6. Must be in American Psychological Association (APA) format
7. Grammar, spelling, and sentence structure counts towards your grade
8. Double space your paper (remove extra spacing between paragraphs)
9. Do not use quotes in your paper. You must paraphrase.
10. Do not bold text or right justify (aligning text to the right)
11. If you do not know or understand, ask for clarification
12. Do not wait until the last minute to read the book and work on the assignment
13. If you need help finding sources or using the library’s website, you can call, email, or
chat with the reference librarians (information can be found on the library’s main page)
14. Avoid redundancy, wordiness, colloquial expressions, and contractions
15. It is very important that every word that you include in your paper has a purpose. Do not
include unnecessary fillers within the paper.
16. Write in a manner that anyone reading your paper will understand the point you are
trying to make
Book Critique Guidelines
1. You will have to analyze, evaluate, and apply what you have read.
2. You will need a thesis statement which will reflect the main point of your critique.
3. Include scholarly sources to support your point.
Content Information Guidelines
1. Include the four section headings provided below in your paper.
Your summary should be no more than a 2 page. Make sure that the summary lets me
know that you read the book. It is a good idea to take notes and jot down your thoughts as you
are reading. You should be able to write your summary without having to continually flip
through the book. If you are continuously flipping through the book or trying to give a chapter by
chapter summary of the book, this gives the professor the impression that you either did not read
the book thoroughly or you are incapable of comprehending what you have read. Your summary
should not appear to be a bunch of paraphrasing taking from the book. It should be your
summary of the book. Do not use first person in this section.
This section of the book should be 1 page long in essay and paragraph format that is
clearly written and organized. The main purpose of this section is to address your thoughts on the
book itself. For this section, you can discuss things such as what you liked and/or disliked about
the book, what you feel was missing from the book, whether the book appealed to you on an
emotional level and why or why not, character(s) you liked or disliked, etc. You do not and
cannot address all of these things because you only have one page. Remember that when you are
writing paragraphs, they should be structured well and information in each paragraph should be
related to each other. Make sure that you are detailed in explaining why your feel the way you
do. You can use first person in this section.
Critical Analysis and Support
Your critical analysis should be 3 pages in essay and paragraph format. This section is the
substance of your book critique. In the critical analysis and support section choose one main
point within the book to discuss. Each of you should take away something different from the
book you are reading. For example while reading a book on child sexual abuse, one student
might focus on the challenges of victims and come up with solutions for helping them heal.
Another student might read the same book and believe that the best way to deal with the issue is
focus on treating the abuser. A third student might point out that the book indicated how
important outsiders (teachers, friends, neighbors, etc.) are to recognizing and reporting signs of
child sexual abuse. You can get this from reading one sentence that stood out to you in the book
or from the overall theme of the book.
Your main point will be considered your thesis statement so it should be written well and
concise, and it should be the first sentence. An example of your thesis statement using one of the
examples above could be: As the book demonstrated, the school environment plays an important
role in potentially recognizing and reporting signs of child sexual abuse; therefore it is
important that both students and teachers are trained each year about the subject. The thesis
statement will be unique to how the book impacted you.
This section of the book critique can be considered a mini-research paper because you
have a point that you are trying to make (thesis statement) that you will have support with
specific examples from the book (through paraphrasing with pages numbers) and academic
journal articles (through paraphrasing). With the first part of my thesis statement, I will have to
focus on how the book demonstrated the importance of schools in child sexual abuse cases. The
second part of the thesis statement is your solution and requires you to go beyond the
information in the book. This part is where you will need academic sources to support you. For
this part if I feel that schools should develop programs focused on peer-to-peer relationships for
recognizing and reporting child sexual abuse, I will have to discuss what type of program I think
is best, why I think it is best, and be able to support it academically.
In this section 80% of the analysis is you, while support material (from the text or
academic sources) should make up only 20%. The reason for this is that you must show you
understand the topic, can critically think, and can effectively use sources as support material
only. Do not use first person in this section.