Writing Critical Reviews
- What does the title lead you to expect about the article?
- Study any sub-headings to understand how the author organized the content.
- Read the abstract for a summary of the author’s arguments.
- Study the list of references to determine what research contributed to the author’s arguments.
Most scholarly journals publish articles that have gone through a rigorous “peer-review” process. These are called “refereed” journals. Have specific content related to a narrowly focused discipline or academic subject. To provide general information, opinions, popular information.
Research papers are written traditionally by a student at a university or college, and the work is typically assigned. A journal article is an article, about a subject that has recently researched or reviewed and written by an expert in that field. … A research paper may offer a thesis, but it’s not quite as in-depth