An effective introduction:
For additional guidance on writing introduction paragraphs, librarians recommend:
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A summary is a broad overview of what is discussed in a source. In a critique essay, writers should always assume that those reading the essay may be unfamiliar with the work being examined. For that reason, the following should be included early in the paper:
Depending on the requirements of your particular assignment, the summary may appear as part of the introduction, or it may be a separate paragraph. The summary should always be included before the analysis, as readers need a base-level familiarity of the resource before you can effectively present an argument about what the source does well and where improvements are needed.
More information about summaries can be found on our Writing an Effective Summary guide.
The critique is your evaluation of the resource. A strong critique:
A critique is your opinion of the text, supported by evidence from the text.
If you need further guidance on how to evaluate your source, you can also consult our Evaluating Your Sources guide.
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A conclusion has three main functions in an essay. A conclusion will:
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