This guide gives you advice and tips on how you might approach writing a critical review of an article in an academic journal.
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 value.
Ideally, you should leave your first draft for a day or two before revising. This allows you to gain a more objective perspective on your ideas. Check for the following when revising:-
You may make major revisions in the organization or content of your review during the revision process. Revising can even lead to a radical change in your central thesis.
Read the article carefully. Record your impressions and note sections suitable for quoting.
The review should begin with a complete reference for the article in the referencing style you've been recommended to use. For example (if using Harvard):-
Paton, M. (2021) 'Carbon pricing and emissions: an economic perspective', 5 (2), pp. 247-269.
The first paragraph may contain:
The body of the review should:
The concluding paragraph may:
Adapted from University of Toronto Mississauga Library guide with permission and thanks.