How to Write a Good Critique

Published: 28th April 2010
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What is a critique?

- A critique is a paper that gives a critical assessment of a book or article.


- Begin by reading the book or article and annotate as you read.

- Note the author's main point/thesis statement.

- Divide the book/article into sections of thought and write a brief summary of each thought in your own words.


- Start your critique with sentences giving the following information:

- Author's name

- Book/Article title and source

- Author's thesis statement


- Summarize the author's purpose and main points/evidence cited that are used for back up.

Review & Evaluate

To critically review the piece, ask the following questions:

- What are the credentials/areas of expertise of the author?

- Did the author use appropriate methods to gather the evidence?

- Was the evidence used by the author accurate?

- Does the author's use and interpretation of this evidence lead the reader to the same conclusion?

- Did the author build a logical argument?

- Is there other evidence that would support a counter-argument?

- Are the article and the evidence still valid or are they outdated, leading to an invalid conclusion?

- Was the author successful in making his/her point?


Wrap up by: - Stating whether you agree with the author.

- Back up your decisions by stating your reasons.

Give a general opinion of the work.

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