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Research Article Critique

Parlindungan Pardede

Universitas Kristen Indonesia

What is a Research Article Critique?

A critique is an article (usually in an essay form) that gives a critical assessment of an article, literary works, book, and any other forms of work. Different from a summary, which is written to merely answer the question ‘What did the author say?’, a critique answers  questions of how? why? and how well? In other words, a critique is written to analyze and evaluate the criticized work by providing an analysis of its main points and giving additional insight into its strengths and weaknesses.

Since critiquing a research article is to analyze, interpret, and evaluate the text, to write a good research article critique necessitates a sound knowledge of the discipline and the research method employed in the paper one is working on and analytical thinking skills. These knowledge will enable him to to consider the truthfulness of the research, at what the author is claiming, evaluate the research methods, evaluates the data analysis technique, and look critically at the relevancy and applicability of the results.

Outlines of Research Article Critiques

Scientific articles have many points to consider, including the title, the introduction, methods, results and the conclusion. To make the evaluation easier, the critic needs to breaking down his critique into each part. An outline of a research article critique could be read here.

Steps in a Research Article Critique Writing

Different guidelines may present different steps for writing a research article critique. However, the following the steps could be used as a general tips.

  1. Read the article more than once to get an idea what is written. make sure you understand what the writer wants you to understand.
  2. Summarize the article in your own words. Your summary should be an extract of the main points  the writer has emphasized in his/her article.
  3. After summarizing the article, start to evaluate and assess the the weaknesses and strong points of the writer of the article. Show whether the background literature review is relevant or not; the research method is proper or not; the theories, methods and data analyses consistent are consistent or not; and so on.
  4. End your article critique with a conclusion. This section should present the extracted result you have achieved after reading the article again and again. It should also contain the summarized assessment of the article have been working on.

Some relevant links:

Critique Paper Writing Tips

Research Article Critique

How to Critique a Journal Article

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