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Critical Analysis

One of the most important skills you will need to learn as a student, whatever your discipline, is the ability to read, think and write critically and objectively about an issue and to present a well-constructed argument.  Critical and analytical-thinking skills such as these will be essential to most aspects of study, whether you are listening to lectures, contributing to seminars, or reading about your subject.  Here, we provide a selection of resources focusing mainly on critical analysis for written work, as nothing gains or loses marks more for most student assignments than the quality of your written argument.

Remember, you can book a one-to-one appointment with Helen or Cherie to discuss any aspect of critical reading, thinking and writing. See main Study Skills page for details.

Links to excellent online resources:

LearnHigher resource – Critical writing tutorial and resources – see section in purple

Manchester Phrasebank – Being Critical

University of Plymouth – Model_To_Generate_Critical_Thinking

Books – a selection.

Brink-Budgen, R. (2010). Critical thinking for students: learn the skills of analysing, evaluating and producing arguments. (4th ed.). Oxford: How to books Ltd. HE Library classification 168.024375 BRI

Cooper, H. & Shoolbred, M. (2016). Where’s your argument?  Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. HE Library classification 808.066 COO

Cottrell, S. (2017) Critical thinking skills: effective analysis, argument and reflection. (3rd ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan HE Library classification 160 COT

Hughes, W. & Lavery, J. (2008). Critical thinking: an introduction to the basic skills. (5th ed.). Toronto: Broadview Press. HE library classification 160 HUG

Shand, J. (2000). Arguing well. London: Routledge. HE Library classification 168 SHA

Williams, K. (2009). Getting critical. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. HE Library classification 160 WIL



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