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Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates

Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates

Fourth Edition
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April 2021 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Reading critically, and writing using critical techniques, are crucial skills you need to apply to your academic work.  If you need to engage with published (or unpublished) literature such as essays, dissertations or theses, research papers or oral presentations, this proven guide helps you develop a reflective and advanced critical approach to your research and writing.

New to this edition:

  • Two new chapters on basic and advanced writing skills
  • More advice on self-bias and perception
  • Updates and additional examples throughout
  • Updated online resources providing additional support.

A Companion Website provides additional resources to help you apply the critical techniques you learn.  From templates and checklists, access to SAGE journal articles and additional case studies, these free resources will make sure you successfully master advanced critical skills.

Student Success is a series of essential guides for students of all levels. From how to think critically and write great essays to boosting your employability and managing your wellbeing, the Student Success series helps you study smarter and get the best from your time at university. 

Part One: Becoming a Critical Reader and Self-Critical Writer
Chapter 1: What it Means to be Critical
Chapter 2: Making a Critical Choice
Chapter 3: A First Look: Interrogating Abstracts
Chapter 4: Getting Started on Critical Reading
Chapter 5: Getting Started on Self-Critical Writing
Chapter 6: Creating a Comparative Critical Summary
Chapter 7: Developing Your Writing Skills to Communicate Effectively
Part Two: Developing an In-Depth Analysis
Chapter 8: A Mental Map for Navigating the Literature
Chapter 9: Tools for Thinking and Ways of Thinking
Chapter 10: Reasons for Conducting the Research
Chapter 11: Knowledge Claims and Their Key Characteristics
Chapter 12: Developing a Critical Analysis of a Text
Chapter 13: A Worked Example of a Critical Analysis
Chapter 14: Developing Your Argument in Writing a Critical Review of a Text
Part Three: Putting Your Critical Reviews to Work
Chapter 15: Focusing and Building up your Critical Literature Review
Chapter 16: Integrating Critical Literature Reviews into your Dissertation
Chapter 17: Critical Literature Reviews in Alternative Dissertation Structures
Chapter 18: Tools for Structuring a Dissertation
Chapter 19: Using the Literature in Research Papers, Oral Presentations and Posters
Chapter 20: Developing Advanced Writing Skills


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Watch the recording of Critical Reading and Self-critical Writing for Postgraduates with Mike Wallace and Alison Wray. In this webinar, hosted by JS Group, they explain why a critical literature review is vital to excel in your dissertation or thesis and how to construct a strong, evidence-based argument to support your claims

Suitable for the MSc Criminology Risk and Safeguarding. Leveling up to L7 writing.

Mrs Linda Moses-Allison
University of Cumbria, University of Cumbria
November 23, 2022

A very useful text for those aiming to understand criticality and critical approaches to writing.

Dr Louise Campbell
School of Education & Social Work, Dundee University
June 1, 2021

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Chapter 1: What it means to be critical

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