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How to Write a Critical Review of a Journal Article
A critical review of a journal article evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of an article’s ideas and
content. It provides description, analysis, and interpretation that allow readers to assess the article’s
Before You Read the Article
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.
Reading the Article: Points to Consider
Read the article carefully. Record your impressions and note sections suitable for quoting.
Who is the intended audience?
What is the author’s purpose? To survey and summarize research on a topic? To present an argument
that builds on past research? To refute another writer’s argument?
Does the author define important terms?
Is the information in the article fact or opinion? (Facts can be verified, while opinions arise from
interpretations of facts.) Does the information seem well-researched or is it unsupported?
What are the author’s central arguments or conclusions? Are they clearly stated? Are they supported by
evidence and analysis?
If the article reports on an experiment or study, does the author clearly outline the methodology and the
expected result?
Is the article lacking information or argumentation that you expected to find?
Is the article organized logically and easy to follow?
Does the writer’s style suit the intended audience? Is the style stilted or unnecessarily complicated?
Is the author’s language objective or charged with emotion and bias?
If illustrations or charts are used, are they effective in presenting information?
Prepare an Outline: Read over your notes. Choose a statement that expresses the central purpose of
your review. When thinking of the central purpose, consider the author’s intentions and whether or not
you think those intentions were successfully realized. Eliminate all notes that do not relate to your
purpose. Organize your remaining points into separate groups such as points about structure, style, or
argument. Devise a logical sequence for presenting these ideas. Remember that all of your ideas must
support your central purpose.
Write the Draft ( 500-2000 words)
The review should begin with a complete citation of the article. For example:
Platt, Kevin M. F. “History and Despotism, or: Hayden White vs. Ivan the Terrible and Peter the Great.”
Rethinking History 3:3 (1999) : 247-269.
NOTE: Use the same bibliographic citation format as you would for any bibliography, works cited or
reference list. It will follow a standard documentation style of APA.
The first paragraph may contain:
A statement of the central purpose of the paper
The author’s purpose in writing the article
Comments on how the article relates to other work on the same subject
Information about the author’s reputation or authority in the field
The body of the review should:
State your arguments in support of the central purpose of the paper
Follow the logical development of ideas that you mapped out in your outline
Include quotations from the article which illustrate your main ideas
The concluding paragraph may:
Summarize your review
Restate your central purpose