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Research Skills: Critical thinking

Critical thinking

Critical thinking guide from Emerald

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Critical thinking checklist

Your critical evaluation checklist should include:  

Identify what is important:

  • key ideas, arguments, findings and conclusions
  • Is the evidence reliable and valid or vague and obscure?

Evaluating claims:

  • Is the language appropriate or emotive and biased?
  • Are the methods of investigation appropriate?
  • Do you agree with the assumptions and inferences being made?

Evaluate publications against each other:

  • What other perspectives and viewpoints have you discovered?
  • Have you identified arguments and sub-arguments?
  • Do you require more information from other sources?

Your own interpretation and summation:

  • Have you personal observations to contribute?
  • Are you able to connect ideas from the experts you have read?
  • Is your analysis intelligent and objective

You might also read this piece from the Open University

If you want to further grasp this topic I would recommend this tutorial created by UCD

or a OER from University of Canberra

Learning sources in Emerald