What is critical thinking and how can I do it?


Did you know that critical thinking is not synonymous with being negative and critical? Critical thinking could involve criticizing an argument, but it’s more than that. It’s thoughtfully reasoned consideration.

But don’t take our word for it, watch this YouTube video on critical thinking by the Center for Innovation in Legal Education. It provides a useful, everyday definition of critical thinking and shows the purpose and value of critical thinking.

Want some more help? Check out these critical thinking resources:

Thinking critically (online guide)
Griffith University Library
Provides advice and links to resources.

5 tips to improve your critical thinking (video)
Ted-Ed
Samantha Agoos describes a 5-step process that may help you with any number of problems.

Critical thinking (video)
QualiaSoup
A look at some of the principles of critical thinking.

Critical thinking skills for dummies (eBook)
Cohen, Martin
John Wiley & Sons, 2015
Offering expert guidance on sound reasoning and textual analysis, this accessible and friendly book provides hands-on, lively, and fun exercises that you can put to work today to improve your arguments and pin down key issues.

Critical thinking: a concise guide (book)
Tracy Bowell and Gary Kemp
Routledge, 2015
This book provides you with the tools to become a successful critical thinker; one who can act and believe in accordance with good reasons, and who can articulate and make explicit those reasons.

A practical guide to critical thinking: deciding what to do and believe (eBook)
Hunter, David, A.
John Wiley & Sons, 2014
Pursuing an interdisciplinary approach to critical thinking, this book is a unique presentation of the formal strategies used when thinking through reasons and arguments in many areas of expertise.