An American Soldier In World War I

BOOK REVIEW INSTRUCTIONS
You will write a book review of An American Soldier in World War I. In the Book Review, you must identify the authors’ thesis and evaluate how effectively they support it. Use specific examples from throughout the book. You must use current Turabian formatting as found in the History Department’s Quick Guide to Turabian when citing your examples.

The review must be a full 3 pages, be double-spaced, and have 1-inch margins. Consult and apply information from “Tips for Reading and Writing in History” (found in the course’s Additional Information folder) before submitting the review. The review must be submitted as a Word document.
Additional Information
TIPS FOR READING AND WRITING IN HISTORY

Tips for Reading
1. Take your time. While reading can be quite pleasurable, it will take time to understand the author’s main arguments. Do not wait until the last minute to read.
2. Highlight and/or take notes. It is recommended that you do both. Mark the author’s most important points and keep asking yourself why the author wrote what he/she did.
3. Make use of the author’s chapters and divisions within chapters. Identify the major themes of each section.
4. Review what you read. You will not understand the author’s arguments completely with just 1 reading. More than likely, you will need to review the reading several times.

Tips for Writing an Essay
1. Content
a. Read the assignment carefully. Make sure you understand what the instructor wants you to do.
b. Break down the assignment into parts. Identify the author’s arguments and find examples for the arguments. Decide whether you agree or disagree with the arguments and explain why. Find supporting evidence for your opinions.
2. Organization
a. Your essay must be divided into 3 distinct parts: an introduction, the body, and a conclusion.
i. In your introduction (approximately 1 paragraph), you must introduce the main arguments of your essay and present a clear thesis statement.
ii. In your body (at least 3, but generally more than 3, paragraphs), you must define and analyze your arguments. You must also provide specific examples and/or quotations to support your assertions.
iii. In your conclusion (approximately 1 paragraph), you must summarize your main arguments and reiterate your thesis statement.
b. Before writing your paper, make an outline that is divided into the above parts (introduction, body, and conclusion).
c. Make sure that your paper has a persuasive thesis and that each paragraph contains a clear theme.
d. Keep each of your paragraphs to a reasonable length. Paragraphs that are either too short or too long are not normally effective. A good rule of thumb is to keep your paragraphs to an average of 10 lines.
e. Use quotations sparingly and avoid long quotations (greater than 5 lines). Only use a quotation when you cannot say it better. If you do use a quotation, make sure that you cite it.
f. Make sure you include page numbers with all citations.
3. Grammar and Punctuation
a. With very few exceptions, the best essays in this course will be the ones that undergo several revisions. In your revisions, check for grammatical errors, for organizational problems, and for your arguments’ persuasiveness. A poorly written essay will be graded accordingly.
b. The following are common errors to avoid when writing history papers:
i. Remember to italicize the title of the book.
ii. Do not use personal pronouns such as I, we, and our.
iii. Avoid using passive voice. For example, rather than saying, “The game was won by Liberty University,” instead state, “Liberty University won the game.” If you are having problems with passive voice, avoid using forms of the verb “to be.”
iv. Do not use slang.
v. Do not use contractions.
vi. Be careful with verb tenses. In history papers, you will write in the past tense when you are referring to past events or issues; you will write in the present tense when identifying either you opinions or the author’s opinions.
vii. Avoid run-on sentences and fragments. Check your sentences by identifying the subject and the verb.
viii. Make sure that the words you use mean what you want them to mean. A thesaurus can be an effective tool for writing if used carefully. Use a dictionary when writing your paper if you are in doubt of a word’s meaning.
4. Final thoughts
a. Take pride in what you write. Imagine that you are writing the essay for the person you admire most.
b. Your instructor is your best resource. If you have any questions and/or problems at any stage of an assignment, it is your responsibility to seek his/her assistance.
c. Have somebody proofread your paper for errors in grammar and punctuation. Also, ask them whether your arguments are persuasive.

Sample Citations from Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations

Endnotes/Footnotes
Books
1. David L. Snead, The Gaither Committee, Eisenhower, and the Cold War (Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 1999), 155.

Articles in Journals (print)
12. Samuel C. Smith, “Religion in 17th Century South Carolina,” Journal of American History 14:2 (March 2008): 57.

Articles in Magazines
8. Joe Smith, “Liberty University Basketball Should Dominate the Big South,” Sports Illustrated, November 5, 1999, 7.

Newspapers
3. Jane Doe, “ROTC Seniors Donate Money to Support the War Effort,” Lynchburg Daily Advance, April 9, 1944.

Interviews
6. David L. Snead, interview by author, Lynchburg, VA, February 9, 2000.

Websites (without an author)
13. Liberty University, “Basketball Team Triumphs,” www.libertyflames.edu (accessed December 23, 2008).

Bibliographic Citations
Books
Snead, David L. The Gaither Committee, Eisenhower, and the Cold War. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 1999.

Articles in Journals (print)
Smith, Samuel C. “Religion in 17th Century South Carolina.” Journal of American History 14:2 (March 2008): 55–75.

Articles in Magazines
Smith, Joe. “Liberty University Basketball Should Dominate the Big South.” Sports Illustrated, Nov. 5, 1999, 6–15.

Newspapers
Doe, Jane. “ROTC Seniors Donate Money to Support the War Effort.” Lynchburg Daily Advance, April 9, 1944.

Interviews
Snead, David. Interview by author. Personal interview. Lynchburg, VA. February 9, 2004.

Websites (without an author)
Liberty University. “Basketball Team Triumphs.” http://www.liberty.edu/flames/ (accessed December 23, 2008).

Additional Comments
If you are using endnotes/footnotes and are repeating the same source, you may abbreviate the name of the source. For example, if you have 2 citations in a row from the same source, on the second citation put Ibid., page #. Also, if you use a citation more than once but not consecutively, you can use a short version of the citation. For example, after citing David Sneed’s book with a full citation the first time, you could use, Snead, Gaither Committee, page #.

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