Paper Critique Guidelines
Your criticisms of another course paper should represent your best effort to serve as a constructive critic for the author of that paper.
Your critique must include your name and the author and title of the paper to which you are responding.
Your critique will be graded on its usefulness for future revisions.
Your critique should include comments, criticisms, and suggestions on some (but not necessarily all) of the following:
Is the paper well-organized? Does it have an effective introduction and conclusion? Do you think the author might develop his or her ideas more effectively by rearranging portions of the paper?
2) Central or related themes
Does the paper develop a clear central theme or a series of related themes? Is the central claim of the paper presented as a thesis in the introduction?
3) Logic and evidence
Do the body paragraphs of the paper develop the claim made in the thesis statement? Is the paperıs claim well supported by appropriate evidence? Is all evidence correctly referenced?
Are the meanings of sentences clear? Does each paragraph have a clear topic? Does the overall argument ³make sense²?
5) Writing style
Does the author write in an active voice? Are there smooth transitions between ideas and paragraphs? Are there any usage problems or cases of awkward phrasing?
Are there any consistent grammatical problems, especially sentence-level errors such as run-on sentences, sentence fragments, or subject-verb agreement errors?
What changes would make this a better paper?