Analysing academic sources


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Use this template to help you analyse and make meaningful notes on an academic journal article, or another academic source.

Consider the main arguments or points made by the author(s) and list those in the first column. Consider the evidence offered in support of each point or argument and list this in the corresponding row in the second column. Finally, consider your own analysis in relation to these:

  • Are you convinced by the argument(s) and evidence?
  • If yes, why are you convinced? If not, what are your reservations?

List these reflections within the relevant row of the ‘Comments’ column.

To find out more about critical reading, see our What is critical reading? study guide. To find out more about note-making templates, see our Note-making study guide.

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