Posts tagged: critical analysis

What is Critical Analysis?

27 March 2017

Want to improve your critical analysis skills? Anne shows you how.

and why do I need it?

During your time at university you will often be asked to critically analyse things – in your reading and writing, in essay titles, assignment instructions and exam questions.

Also, when your assignment is marked your tutor might comment that your work is “too descriptive” or that “there isn’t enough critical analysis”.

What does it all mean?

Descriptive writing is simply describing a situation or summarising what you have read.

Critical analysis shows that you have examined the evidence, understood the arguments and analysed the conclusions – and can discuss these in your own writing.
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Literature Reviews

13 June 2016

Many of you will be trying to tackle a literature review as part of your summer project or Masters dissertation.

It is important to remember the purpose of a literature review when you are approaching it. The review is not purely a list or summary of previous research in your chosen area, but also an opportunity to critically assess this previous research. This assessment is often then used to identify how your project/dissertation adds to the body of knowledge already out there.

When you are reading sources for the literature review, the kinds of questions you should be asking yourself are: read more