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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Second Edition edition (13 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849205620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849205627
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Mike Wallace and Alison Wray's book confirms that the answers that you get depend on the questions that you ask. One of the most important skills for researchers to acquire is that of asking the right questions, and they show that this process begins with identifying the questions that need to be asked about the existing literature on a chosen subject. Wallace and Wray demonstrate that critical engagement with one's sources pays dividends in terms of depth of understanding what those sources tell us. In addition, developing the skills of the critical reader also helps to make budding researchers into better writers, through the realisation of what works better and what works less well when communicating ideas and information. The book is written in a clear and straightforward fashion that is guaranteed to make you think, as well as encouraging constructive and engaging modes of writing that will improve your connection to your audience. '
Professor Graham Crow,
University of Southampton


Praise for first edition:

A very clear, accessible introduction that will be invaluable to postgraduate students trying to engage with reading and writing in a critical way' - R.M. Lee, Professor of Social Research Methods, Royal Holloway University of London

About the Author

Mike Wallace is a Professor of Public Management at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. He is an Associate Director of the Advanced Institute of Management Research (AIM), responsible for research capacity building in the management field. He is also the Economic and Social Research Council’s Strategic Adviser for Researcher Development. Mike is series editor of the Sage Learning to Read Critically series of books. His own research on managing change in the public services is reported in many books and academic journals.

Alison Wray is a Research Professor of Language and Communication at Cardiff University. Her research centres on the modelling of lexical storage and processing, particularly in relation to formulaic phrases, and it has been applied to language learning, evolution of language and language disability. Her two monographs Formulaic Language and the Lexicon (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and Formulaic Language: Pushing the Boundaries (Oxford University Press, 2008) are internationally acclaimed. She has a longstanding commitment to researcher training, including the developing of academic expertise.


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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By D. Denyer on 3 July 2007
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I have been teaching literature review techniques to masters and PhD students for several years and I wholeheartedly endorse this book. Wallace and Wray have produced a clear, comprehensible and structured approach to critical reading and writing. The book provides a number of useful exercises and the worked examples are excellent. The book is essential reading for postgraduate students, researchers and educators in any social science discipline.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By DawnyLiz on 13 Sep 2006
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If you are new in the field of academia and are feeling a bit lost where, critical reading and writing is concerned, then this is the book for you! It is carefully thought out, easy to follow and provides excellent examples within each section. I particularly found the section on writing a literature review useful as this area is always a bit of a minefield. This book is suitable for Post-Grads at all levels and even the more experienced student/academic may learn a few new skills.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Hannah on 26 Nov 2009
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For someone who hasn't been to uni and learnt to write critically at this level, this book is a lifesaver! After being tasked with writing a 3000 word critical review on 5 journal articles, I didn't know where to start, but after just reading chapters 1-5 (enough for the first year in my opinion), I already have a much clearer idea of how to structure and present my essay. I find myself referring to it constantly. Also very readable and not difficult to understand. Highly recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Christian VINE VOICE on 23 Feb 2010
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The subject was written as at first glance, and admittedly second through fourth, this was not a book that inspired me to pick it up. This was quite foolish in hindsight as it denied time to read through it and expand on my own thinking, reading and writing.

The text is written to be as clear and accessible as possible. Even though the text is about critical reading, when the examples become more technical you feel that you are at a place where you can take them on.

Since the text is about analysing, the examples that the authors use is around literature and their own specialities. The issue this causes is that it can be more difficult to relate to for one not used to the subject matter.

In conclusion, the text is very useful for any person in higher education. Whilst I am on a postgraduate qualification, this would have been extremely beneficial when an undergraduate. The flaws can be overcome, and the book will leave you feeling...and thinking...wiser
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Meg learner on 23 Jun 2011
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This book sits on my desk, filled with little flags and I have all the forms on my computer. It has provided so much information and structure and just plain HELP towards my postgrad studies. Get it - you NEED it. I wish I had known this stuff when I was doing my GCSEs (well 'O' levels in my case!). The book is readable for any age and interesting and contains so much I wish I had known years ago. It fits very well with "A student's Guide to Methodology", also on Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Students-Guide-Methodology-Cathy-Nutbrown/dp/141292913X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1308816774&sr=1-1
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 Mar 2013
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I am a Bsc. student and I did not do too well in my first and second year essays. I got a book (Write It Right: A Handbook for Students by Palgrave Study Guides) at the end of my first year but that did not help much; I got comments from markers like "too descriptive" and "not enough critical analysis" duh.
At the end of my second year, in frustration, I decided to get this book. I figured if it is good enough for masters students, it will do a lot of good for an undergraduate like myself.
My first essay in my third year, I scored 72, far higher than my average for the last 2 years.
This book really helped and it has a lot of examples of critical analysis, critical evaluation and how you can read your own work critically.
Buy Buy Buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss J O on 12 Jan 2014
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Helpful book for critical reading and writing although business/education/legal based and so difficult to compare with my MSc but useful tips.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dolla on 26 Nov 2012
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This book is used as a reference book in the graduate school.definitely a good start for those who is new to critical reading and writing.
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