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Critical Reading
How to read critically

Part of being a critical thinker is being a critical reader. This means suspending judgement on a text until you

bullet have understood the message being put forward
bullet evaluated the evidence supporting that message
bullet evaluated the writer's perspective.

If you read uncritically you may accept texts and arguments which are flawed, biased and subjectively written. Reading critically will help to make sure that your study and research activities continue as soundly as possible. To help you read in this way, you might use the critical reading checklist to help you ask the right sort of questions of the material you have to read.

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