Summary and Critique


Summary and critique are terms that describe rhetorical modes (ways of organizing and developing ideas) as well as individual "pieces" of writing. Summary and critique are foundations for many forms of academic and professional writing, such as book reports and literature reviews.

Some general principles apply to summary and critique. You can read and download the SMU Writing Center's PDF on Writing a Summary, Response and Critique.

Online Resources


Susan Katz and Jennie Skerl, Rensselaer Writing Center

Helpful Hints for Writing a Critique

Academic Support Center, Chesapeake College

Critical Reviews

University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Book Review or Article Critique

University of Toronto