Rticle Review of The failure of Allied Planning and Doctrine for Operation Overlord

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR WRITING SCHOLARLY ARTICLE REVIEWS

Scholarly journal articles serve a number of purposes. To begin with, journals generally include articles centering on historical information or interpretations that reflect current research, and students can benefit enormously by becoming familiar with the many history journals available and regularly reading the articles and book reviews within. Secondly, journal articles often provide details of single events that generally would not appear in full-length manuscripts or in textbooks. Finally, well-written articles often provide fascinating and relevant historical information that helps us better understand current events.

In reviewing scholarly articles, the student should keep the following list of questions in mind and should take notes as he or she progresses through the article.

1. What is the author s thesis? In other words, what is the primary message being delivered?

2. Is the thesis stated clearly and succinctly, or does the reader have to struggle to learn the author s message? Do the facts presented support the thesis sufficiently?

3. How is the article organized? Would you describe it as topical, chronological, thematic, analytical, or some combination of these?

4. How would you describe the author s approach to the subject matter: cultural, political, social, religious, intellectual, military, etc. or some combination of these?

5. Comment on the author s use of sources. What percentage of his/her sources are primary? Does there seem to be an over reliance on secondary sources particularly older, out-dated ones?

6. We all have our biases. What biases does the author show? In other words, does he/she seem overly critical of any subject discussed in the work? Does the author seem too friendly toward some other subject? Is the piece, in an overall sense, balanced and does it present both sides of the issues?

7. Comment on the article s readability. Is it written in clear language that is easily understood by the general reader?

8. For what group would the article be most appropriate: scholars, general readers, or novices? Does the author assume that the reader will already have a deep understanding of the major events?

9. Your review should include an overall discussion of the article s principle topics and subtopics.