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Critical thinking and writing

At university you will need to think critically about the information you have found - questioning assumptions, evaluating evidence and comparing hypotheses.

Online advice and tutorials

  • What is critical thinking?
    Introduction to critical thinking and how you can apply critical thinking throughout your learning.
    (Source: Skills for Study website)
  • How to write critically
    Critical writing, thinking and reading? Find out how to build an argument and put your thoughts into writing.
    (Source: UWE Bristol Library)
  • Critical reading and writing
    How to recognise an argument, evaluate a line of reasoning and distinguish between different types of conclusion.
    (Source: Skills for Study website)
  • Evaluating evidence
    Evaluate evidence put forward by other writers: how to assess the sources of information, the language used, the numerical data and the conclusions.
    (Source: Skills for Study website)
  • How to get started and improve your critical writing
    Suggested further reading which will help you to develop your critical writing skills.

Face-to-face support

Study skills support from the Library

If you need help, eg with an assignment, you can ask at a library help desk or via the online enquiry service.

If your query can't be answered immediately, you may be referred to:

  • a study skills workshop
  • online study-skills materials
  • an English language workshop

You may also be offered an appointment with a specialist adviser. Appointments last around 20 minutes. When you are offered an appointment, please supply the following information:

  • what is the problem you are having?
  • what strategies have you already tried in order to address this?
  • what is your timescale?

Although help can be provided in checking assignments and advising how to overcome problems, this does not constitute a proof-reading service. Further guidance on checking of assignments.

Study skills support from your faculty

Study support specialists in your faculty may also provide one-to-one support.

Search the library

You can do your own library search from the Library website or use the suggested search below:

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