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Examining the assigned readings for deficiencies in writing isn't the only thing to be looked at critically. With each assigned reading you should analyze it and ask yourself:

What is the author trying to say? How do you know?

Are there any alternative interpretations of the issue(s)?

Does the author say anything indirectly? What parts of the text lead you to that conclusion?

Does the author have any biases?

While there are many other questions that could be asked when examining a text, what important is that you critically look at each assigned reading. As you do so, you'll gain a better appreciation of their point of view and develop your own. This process of analyzing the text is often called "critical thinking."

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