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The review should:
begin with a brief description of the book or online resource
describe the intended audience of the resource
discuss its strengths and weaknesses
assess whether the author's aims are achieved
provide an analysis of the author's style and presentation
identify whether the work has a particular perspective or presents all sides of an issue objectively
note whether you would recommend it for purchase
Include at the end the reviewer’s name and institutional affiliation
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For a book Author. Full title of the book. Place: Publisher, Date. Number of pages, Price. ISBN. (Example: Michael McClymond, ed. Encyclopedia of Religious Revivals in America. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007. 2 vols: 1178 pp. $225.00. Hardcover. ISBN: 0313328285 (set).)
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