The paper reviews the numerical methodology to investigate fracture parameter namely energy release rate, G, of a mixed mode crack. An inclined, through, centre crack is assumed in a ductile steel plate subjected to bi-axial tension. Applied stress and crack size are suitably selected to simulate small scale yielding (SSY) condition at the crack tips. The cracked plate is modelled by finite element method. Both plane stress and plane strain situations are examined. G value is found from J integral. Equations of transformation are employed to obtain normal and shear stress in the plane of the crack. G is then again determined for Mode I and Mode II cracks by modelling each case separately. The analysis is finally validated by fulfilment of the conservation of energy release rate criterion, G (Mixed mode) = G (Mode I) + G (Mode II).