Choose a peer- reviewed article on any topic relating to your major, and write a critical analysis of it. â€œAnalysisâ€ means that you are required to look closely at the article to understand how it works. Your submission should include the following:
â€¢In the first paragraph, the articleâ€™s title, the name(s) of the authors, the journal, issue number, and year of publication, and pagination; a brief statement of its topic and purpose; and a thesis statement indicating your main reaction to the work
â€¢A summary of the articleâ€™s contents
â€¢Discussion of the contents
â€¢Discussion of how the work is structured/organized, and the general writing style
â€¢The articleâ€™s effectiveness in presenting its views, and its treatment of its subject
â€¢Its likely appeal to its readership
â€¢Anything else you think is important
Voice: 3rd person
Note: A critique is not a simple description of the article! You must use at least one other article to inform and reinforce your critique of the main article
â€¢APA cover page with the 5 cover page elements
â€¢APA formatting (text, spacing, running heads and page numbers on all pages)
â€¢Title on the first page of text (p. 2)
â€¢In-text citations where necessary
â€¢Do not use headings in a paper of this length
You may wish to ask yourself the following questions in order to help generate ideas for your paper:
â€¢What is the article about, and what is the argument â€“what is the author trying to prove (or disprove)?
â€¢What is the nature of their attitude towards their subject?
â€¢What have others written on the subject, and what is the authorâ€™s attitude towards the opinions of other authorities?
â€¢How does the author get their data?
â€¢Do they interpret that data effectively?
â€¢If they offer a theory to explain trends in the data, are there any possible loopholes or exceptions to that theory? If so, do they recognize them?
â€¢What sort of language and imagery does the author use?
â€¢What conclusions do they reach, and how reliable are they?