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Thinking Critically and Creatively

As you complete your dissertation, it is essential to think critically and creatively about your topic. It is also a highly sought-after skill in the workplace. This libguide will inform you as to what critical thinking is, what creative thinking is, and how to do both. 

What is Critical Thinking?

Critical thinking, which is the ability to analyze and evaluate information in order to come to an objective conclusion, is very important for you as a student for many reasons. Both as a student and later as a professional, you will need to make judgments and decisions based on information that can have major repercussions on you and others. When doing research, and even in day-to-day life, it is also important to think critically about the sources you use and where you receive your information from. 

The following video elaborates on what critical thinking is, and why it is important. 

What Do We Mean by Critical Thinking?

What is Creativity?

Creativity is the ability to use our imaginations to come up with new ideas and innovations. It requires us to "think outside the box." It is also important for day-to-day life, as well as in school and in your profession because it is necessary to think outside the box to come up with new ideas, to be flexible, and to come up with new ideas and ways of doing things as challenges arise. When conducting research, it is also important to think up ideas, search terms, means of assessment, etc. that would help with your projects. 

The following video elaborates on what creativity is, and why it is important. 

What is Creativity?

How to Think Critically

The following videos provide some practical steps to thinking critically, as well as practical steps to help you engage in the types of critical thinking. 

3 Steps to Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking: Understanding Multiple Perspectives

Critical Thinking and Logical Reasoning

Analyzing Arguments

How to Think Creatively

This video identifies ways that you can become more creative. 

Creative Thinking Skills