Teaching critical reviewing of' research papers to budding post-graduate students is a difficult process.A method that focuses on the match of the theoretical and methodological components of well constructed research is invaluable in assisting students in a structured review of research papers. Gowin's "Vee" heuristic is such a method. This paper reports on the use of Gowin's Vee to post-graduate students of Information Technology in critiquing research papers and formulating their own research project. Preliminary results show an increased appreciation by students of critical elements of a well formulated paper