We’ve posted before on critical thinking skills; this time let’s consider critical reading.

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In an age where we are bombarded with new information through innumerable sources with varying credibility, we have to be critical of all information we consume. Information is hardly ever truly objective and has to be carefully examined to discern an author’s opinion and possible biases from underlying facts. Learn more about critical reading in the video below by Townsend Press.

Critical reading is not finding fault in the literature or information but rather to evaluate the validity and weight of the argument. The University of Leicester has come up with a study guide to provide guidelines in helping you take a more critical approach to reading, whether you are analyzing a more technical paper or a study in the humanities fields. Their guide provides a template from which you can more critically evaluate your sources and questions you should ask yourself when gauging the validity of the information.