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.  Click on a link below for explanations.


Summary, Response, Critique

Twin Cities Campus Writing Center, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota


Invention: Guidelines for Writing a Summary

Hunter College



Susan Katz and Jennie Skerl, Rensselaer Writing Center


Writing A Critique

University Writing Center, Texas A&M University


The Book Review or Article Critique

University of Toronto

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