Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
logo

Research Skills: Critical thinking

Critical thinking

Critical thinking guide from Emerald

Fake news

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

http://www2.open.ac.uk/students/skillsforstudy/critically-processing-what-you-read.php

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

http://www.ucd.ie/library/elearning/thinkingcritically/index.html

 

Learning sources in Emerald

http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/learning/study_skills/skills/critical_thinking.htm