1) Read & think critically
2) Make connections with related materials
3) Find out the most important landmark studies and key authors on the topic
4) Evaluate sources
5) Be selective : for every material that is reviewed for your paper, you should be able to justify why you include it.
6) Place your working thesis in context
Habitual utilization of the intellectual traits produce a well-cultivated critical thinker who is able to:
Raise vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely
Gather and assess relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively
Come to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards;
Think open-mindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing, as need be, their assumptions, implications, and practical consequences; and
Communicate effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems
Source: Paul, R. & Elder, L. (2010). The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools. Dillon Beach: Foundation for Critical Thinking Press.
Source: Purdue Univ.'s OWL :Evaluation During Reading
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