A critique asks you to evaluate an article and the author’s argument. In this type of paper, you need to look critically at what the author is claiming, evaluate the research methods, and look for possible problems with, or applications of, the researcher’s claims.
In your introduction, give an overview of the author’s main point and how the author supports his or her point. Explain what the author found and describe the process he or she used to arrive at this conclusion. Next, interpret the information from the article; think about the following:
In your conclusion, try to synthesize the pieces of your critique to emphasize your own main points about the author’s work, relating the researcher’s work to your own knowledge or to topics being discussed in your course.
From the Center for Academic Excellence (opens in a new window), Saint Joseph College