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 Critical writing

Have you ever received feedback that your work is too descriptive but do not know how to improve it? The aim of this guide is to help you take a more critical approach to your writing.  It covers:

  • differences between descriptive and critical writing
  • identifying critical writing
  • how to write critical paragraphs

This guide is aimed at undergraduates but is suitable for any level of study.             

Online tutorial for critical writing

If you cannot view the online tutorial below, go to the following web page


Remember to look for the evidence for all the arguments that you come across

Academic Phrasebank

The Academic Phrasebank, from the University of Manchester, aims to provide you with phrases of writing for different sections of your writing, including phrases for being critical.

Further Reading

Using material on this page