Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates
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'Written in a clear and straightforward fashion that is guaranteed to make you think, as well as encouraging constructive and engaging modes of writing that will improve your connection to your audience.' - Professor Graham Crow, University of Southampton
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Reading critically, and writing using critical techniques, are crucial skills you need to apply to your academic work. It may seem difficult at first, but you may already be a more critical reader than you think!
This guide helps you develop both the ability to critically ask questions, and a reflective and critical approach to your own research and writing. Broken down into three parts, it builds up your skills and confidence through focused activities that progressively develop your ability to critically read and write.
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3 Getting Started on Critical Reading
4 Getting Started on SelfCritical Writing
5 Creating a comparative critical summary
Developing an InDepth Analysis
6 The Key to a Mental Map for Exploring the Literature
7 The Argument Component of your Mental Map
Putting your Critical Reviews to Work
12 Focusing and Building up your Critical Literature Review
13Integrating Critical Literature Reviews into your Dissertation
14 Tools for Structuring a Dissertation
15 Using the Literature in Research Papers and Oral Presentations
Knowledge Literature Intellectual Projects
9 Developing a Critical Analysis of a Text
10 A Worked Example of a Critical Analysis
11 Developing your Argumentin Writing a Critical Review of a Text