Academic writing: using literature to demonstrate critical analysis

Kathleen Duffy, Elizabeth Hastie, Jacqueline McCallum, Val Ness, Lesley Price

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When writing at degree level, nurses need to demonstrate an understanding of evidence by summarising its key elements and comparing and contrasting authors’ views. Critical analysis is an important nursing skill in writing and in practice. With the advent of an all-degree profession, understanding how to develop this skill is
crucial. This article examines how students can develop critical analysis skills to write at undergraduate degree level.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-49
Number of pages15
JournalNursing Standard
Issue number47
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009


  • academic writing
  • literature
  • critical analysis
  • nursing education


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