You will select an essay from your discipline available in the “Writing in the Disciplines Models” folder in OWL “Resources.” You will carefully read this essay and then develop and write a critical review that effectively synthesizes, analyzes and evaluates the piece for other members of your discourse community. Imagine that you are going to send your finished critical review to an undergraduate research journal in your discipline. Your piece will only get chosen if it offers a coherent and comprehensive discussion and thoughtful evaluation of your chosen article.
The purpose of the critical review is to outline the essential points of the article and to identify, analyse and evaluate the scholarly value that it offers to prospective researchers in your discourse community. Somewhere in your piece, you must provide a summary/synthesis of the essay you are reviewing, identify its strengths, limitations and potential for future research. Be sure to provide substantive reasons and to follow correct citation practices consistent with your discipline. Follow the steps outlined in the Critical Review PowerPoint lesson from Unit 4.
Format and length of assignment: Please follow the conventions of the scholarly citation style required for your discipline (MLA is typically used for French and English literature, Philosophy, and Religious Studies; APA is typically used for Psychology, Economics, Disability Studies, Thanatology, Social Justice, Sociology, Criminology, and Social Work; Chicago is typically used for History, Political Science, Child and Youth Studies, Human Rights, and Business). Your finished critical review should be 600-750 words and should be divided into multiple well-structured paragraphs. The word count does not include your name. Your end-of-text citation/s are also not included in the word count.