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Writing a Critique

Tutorial for writing a critique in an academic setting.

Types of Critiques

There are many types of critiques. Critiques can be written on:

  • Literary works
  • Published works
  • Drafts of works
  • Policies, of any kind
  • Works of art
  • Events

Anywhere that criticism can exist, a critique can follow to evaluate arguments, identify gaps, and/or make recommendations. 

Defining Critique

A critique evaluates a resource. It requires both critical reading and analysis in order to present the strengths and weaknesses of a particular resource for readers. The critique includes your opinion of the work. Because of the analytics involved, a critique and a summary are not the same. For quick reference, you can use the following chart in order to determine if your paper is a critique or a summary.

Critique vs. Summary
Critique Summary
Gives an overview of key concepts discussed in the work


Includes introduction, body, and conclusion paragraphs Yes Sometimes
Names the author and title of the work to be discussed Yes Yes
Provides your opinion of the work Yes No
Identifies gaps in the resource and/or research that the author missed Yes No
Requires close reading of a text Yes No
Requires you to analyze the text Yes No
May use supporting evidence from the text, such as quotes, to support your interpretation Yes No

Looking for more information on writing a summary or an abstract? Check out our Writing a Summary guide