Common Problems with Literature Critiques

 The most common mistake is to spend too much time summarizing the paper, and not enough time assessing or thinking about the paper (see the literature critique point allocation page for grading breakdown).  These should be weighted almost equally. 

Common grammatical errors:  (Style and grammar matter!)

In general, in scientific applications, affect is a verb – to affect – as in, “Manipulating light affected primary production,”, and effect is a noun – the effect – as in, “The effect of manipulating light was a change in primary production.”


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