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How to Write Article Summaries, Reviews & Critiques

Writing a REVIEW of an article

A journal article review is written for a reader who is knowledgeable in the discipline and is interested not just in the coverage and content of the article being reviewed, but also in your critical assessment of the ideas and argument that are being presented by the author.

Your review might be guided by the following questions:

Objectives   What does the article set out to do?
Theory   Is there an explicit theoretical framework? If not, are there important theoretical   assumptions?
Concepts   What are the central concepts? Are they clearly defined?
Argument   What is the central argument? Are there specific hypotheses?
Method   What methods are employed to test these?
Evidence   Is evidence provided? How adequate is it?
Values   Are value positions clear or are they implicit?
Literature   How does the work fit into the wider literature?
Contribution   How well does the work advance our knowledge of the subject?
Style   How clear is the author's language/style/expression?
Conclusion   A brief overall assessment.

Adapted from the Academic Skills and Learning Centre (ASLC), The Australian National University http://www.anu.edu.au/students/learning-development/writing-assessment/critical-reviews