A critique paper is a paper in which you analyze and evaluate an author's work. This requires you to conduct a thorough and detailed study of the piece you are critiquing, analyzing the author's style, evidence, opinions, credentials, conclusions and logic. Once you have formulated your argument, you need to articulate it in your paper, and this begins with the right introduction. When you use your introduction effectively, you draw the reader into the material, introduce the author's position and inform the reader of your general conclusions.
Introduce the work you are critiquing. Give the name of the author, the title of the work, the date of publication and a very brief summary -- just a few sentences -- of the argument your author makes.
Offer a brief opinion of your own to entice the reader. For example, you may write, "Brown's research study was flawed, however, making his conclusions irrelevant."
Back up your opinion with just a few sentences that give a general overview of your analysis. Don't go into too much detail, however. This is all just a build-up to your thesis, which summarizes your critique.
State your thesis. This may be just one sentence or several, depending on the length and complexity of your argument. The thesis statement is your big point, and should give the reader a taste of your overall conclusion. For example, you may write, "Though Brown's study was considered revolutionary at the time, with recent revelations about his personal biases, the scientific community should no longer trust his findings."
- Write the introduction last. After writing the rest of your paper and re-reading it, you may be able to more clearly articulate a summary of your argument.
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