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Thinking critically

Introduction

Thinking critically means questioning the information that you read or hear, instead of just accepting it as true.

It means evaluating evidence and arguments. You should include these evaluations in your writing.

For example, Professor Prune of Ipswich University found that zoo animals greatly preferred bananas to all other kinds of food (Prune, 2021). But by carefully reading his article, you discover that all the data came from the monkey house. This casts doubt upon his findings. You decide to mention this limitation in your essay.

Prune, A. (2021) ‘Food preferences among zoo animals: a statistical analysis’, Journal of Banana Studies, 14(8), pp. 211-214. doi: 10.1021/jbs.2021.06.012.