When you read an academic article, you are expected to use your own judgment to analyze the article instead of simply accepting what the authors say.
A critical analysis means asking questions such as:
Why do the authors say this?
Do the authors give enough strong evidence to support their conclusions?
Do their claims contradict claims made by other authors?
What are the possible consequences of the authors' claims?
Are there any other possible points of view?
Imagine you are a law student writing a research paper on the topic of the death penalty. You need to decide what you think about this topic based on relevant information and research studies. To do this, you need to critically analyze a number of articles on this topic.
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