What should my critical review include?
Remember there is a difference between a Scholarly Book Review, a Literature Review and a Critical Review
- Scholarly Book Review an analysis with the focus its application to part of your course, or as part of the background for proposed piece of research.
- A Literature Review, puts together a set of commentaries that pull together the current position of a topic.
- A Critical Review, is a critical evaluation of an article or book, following a set structure and evaluation guidelines.
- Ability to summarise - express main points in a few words.
- Ability to evaluate -analysing the content, making judgments using academic criteria.
- Ability to analyse - explain how the component parts interrelate. with the view to evaluating using various criteria.
Structure of a Critical Review.
- The title of the article or book.
- The author
- Overview of the book or article where the aim and the main line of reasoning is stated.
- Your response to the article or book. You need to highlight whether you response is positive, negative or a mixture.
If you are writing about an article the rule is that the introduction should be about one paragraph. If you are writing about a book the introduction should be about 2 - 3 paragraphs.
This section should be no longer than half of the review.
Included in the review should be:
- The main points and arguments.
- Constructive suggestions as to how the book or article could be improved.
- A critique on the style of expression of the article or book; writing and structure of the article or book. (e.g. the style and expression); the evidence it lays claim to; its methodology; relevance, significance and contribution its field of study
- Can you make links with previous material to support the ideas and information in the book or document?
- Does the validity and reliability of the work easily relate to the theoretical frameworks of your field of study?
- Is it feasible to understand the text from different perspectives?
- Cite the conclusions of the book or document, based on the author’s findings.
- Has the author given justifiable conclusions? Are the conclusions justified given the results?