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How to Develop a Critique of Previous Literature

How to Develop a Critique of Previous Literature

This chapter delves into one of the most difficult aspects of writing a social science paper, i.e., finding a Point of Critique in the literature and developing that criticism as a prelude to a claim. Part of that difficulty arises from the fact that students often conflate criticism with other things they are used to doing, such as criticizing in the context of an interpersonal argument and expression of opinions. This chapter examines how to find a Point of Critique that can be cultivated into a Critique of Previous Literature by teaching you to ask three questions throughout your reading process. It also teaches you how to mine for ...

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