Research Tips

in support of courses in Art & Art History, Drama, and all Foreign Languages & Literatures
Chao Chen, Research Librarian (; 617-627-2057)
Tisch Library, Tufts University


Me, critique "scholarly articles"?

A systematic approach in your reading helps you consider the article critically:

A good critique is really more about your own confidence as a reader than about possession of specific knowledge.”

1. What is the thesis?

2. What are the primary and secondary sources used?

3. How does the author connect these sources?

4. Does the author agree or disagree with the secondary sources?

5. What is the main methodology in the author’s analysis and argument? (formalism or feminism in art history, for example)

6. Is the author clear in his/her logic and presentation?

7. Are the conclusions convincing?


Source: A Survival Guide for Art History Students by Professor Christina Maranci
(Tisch Library, Oversize: N385 .M37 2005) GoogleBooks limited preview