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Writing Critique Papers (Notes)
A Critique is a genre of academic writing that briefly summarizes and critically evaluates a work or concept. Critiques can be used to analyze carefully a variety of works such as:
- Creative Works – novels, exhibits, films, images
- Research – monographs, journal articles, reviews,
- Media – news reports, feature articles
Like an essay, a critique uses a formal, academic writing style and has a clear structure, that is, an introduction, body, and conclusion. However, the body of a critique includes a summary of the work and a detailed evaluation.The purpose of an evaluation is to gauge the usefulness or impact of a work in a particular field.
How to Write a Critique Paper
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.
- Develop an understanding of the main argument or purpose being expressed in the work.
- Consider how the work relates to a broader issue or context.
Parts of a Critique Paper
Typically, the introduction is short (less than 10% of the word length) and you should:
- 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.
- Have a concluding sentence that signposts what your evaluation of the work will be. For instance, it may indicate whether it is a positive, negative, or mixed evaluation.
Briefly summarize the main points and objectively describe how the creator portrays these by using techniques, styles, media, characters or symbols. This summary should not be the focus of the critique and is usually shorter than the critical evaluation.
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. A critical evaluation does not simply highlight negative impressions. It should deconstruct the work and identify both strengths and weaknesses. It should examine the work and evaluate its success, in light of its purpose.
This is usually a very brief paragraph, which includes:
- a statement indicating the overall evaluation of the work
- summary of the key reasons, identified during the critical evaluation, why this evaluation was formed.
- in some circumstances, recommendations for improvement on the work may be appropriate.
Include all resources cited in your critique. Usually, American Psychological Association (APA) style is used in referencing.
Writing a paper according to APA style simply means you are standardizing the way you write the paper so that others who read it know exactly what every little reference and comma means. It was started, not surprisingly, as a way to standardize research papers written in the field of Psychology, but this style has also been adapted for use in other fields as well.