A critique is a genre of academic writing that briefly summarises and critically evaluates a work or concept. Writing a critique involves more than pointing out mistakes. It involves conducting a systematic analysis of a scholarly article or book and then writing a fair and reasonable description of its strengths and weaknesses.
What steps need to be taken to write an article critique? Like an essay, a critique uses a formal, academic writing style and has a clear structure, that is, an introduction, body and conclusion.
Before you start writing, you will need to take some steps to get ready for your critique:
Choose an article that meets the criteria outlined by your instructor. Read the article again with a critical eye.
Language Strategies for Critiquing
For each type of critique, it’s important to state your praise, criticism, and suggestions politely, but with the appropriate level of strength.
Before you start writing, it is important to have a thorough understanding of the work that will be critiqued.
Study the work under discussion.Make notes on key parts of the work.
What is included in an article critique?
An article critique has four main parts:
Typically, the introduction is short (less than 10% of the word length) and you should.
Include an introductory paragraph that includes the following:
Name the work being reviewed as well as the date it was created and the name of the author/creator.
Describe the main argument or purpose of the work.
Explain the context in which the work was created.
After your introduction, discuss the following in your own words:
The main points of the article
The arguments presented in the article
The findings of the article
Briefly summarise the main points and objectively describe how the creator portrays these by using techniques, styles, media, characters or symbols. This section should give a systematic and detailed assessment of the different elements of the work, evaluating how well the creator was able to achieve the purpose through these.
After summarizing the article, critique the article by doing the following:
Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the article that you noted while critically reading the article.
State your informed opinions about the clarity, relevancy, and accuracy of the article, using specific examples from the article to support your statements.
A strategy called “hedging” will help you express praise or criticism with varying levels of strength. It will also help you express varying levels of certainty in your own assertions. It will also help you express varying levels of certainty in your own assertions.
Finally, end your article critique with a conclusion that does the following:
Summarize the key points in the article, as well the key points from your own analysis.
Close with a comment about the significance of the research or a statement of future research needed in the field. A summary of the key reasons, identified during the critical evaluation, why this evaluation was formed.
Include all resources cited in your critique. Check with your lecturer/tutor for which referencing style to use.
Remember also that a critique may express a positive as well as a negative assessment. Don’t confuse critique with criticize in the popular sense of the word, meaning “to point out faults.”