A magazine article review includes an identification of the article and the author, a summary of the article and an evaluation. The steps to writing the review include choosing the article, researching the author and analyzing the article.
According to Tidewater Community College, the purpose of an article review is to let readers know about the article's topic and identify its merits. Readers can then determine if they want to read the article themselves.
The first step is choosing an article and determining if it is interesting, readable and has merit. The next step is organizing the content of the review, which must include the title and author, a summary and an evaluation. The review may also include a discussion of the author's theme, a biographical sketch of the intellectual life of the author and a discussion of the relationship between the article and other works in the field.
For organization, the introduction includes a full biographical synopsis of the work as well as general statements indicating the article's content and the reviewer's reaction to the article. The body should include at least one paragraph of summary and one paragraph of evaluation. The summary covers the important points of the article. The review also includes a critical evaluation of the article, discussing both positive and negative aspects. The conclusion consists of an overall evaluation, a summary of the main points and a recommendation for the reader.