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Writing a Literature Review in the Arts and Humanities

Critical Reading

Critical Thinking

What to Consider to Evaluate Works

  • The author: credibility, reputation
  • A list of references or other citations 
  • The intended audience
  • The content of the source: fact, opinion, or propaganda
  • Comprehensive coverage
  • Objective language 
  • Generalization with no overstating or oversimplifying of a matter
  • Accuracy
  • Timeliness of the source 
  • Cross-checking of the given information
  • Generalization backed up with evidence 
  • Balanced arguments acknowledging other viewpoints 

Source: Purdue Univ.'s OWL :Evaluation During Reading 

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