Article Review Requirements
COMM355 Conflict Management
Article Review Requirements
- You are to choose one (1) current, issue-oriented articles from scholarly journals (peer-reviewed) to use for this class. This article MUST be related to issues discussed in this course and come from a peer reviewed scholarly journal. You should read the article several times; first read it to get the big picture and at least once more to understand the details.
- Your heading should be aligned at the left margin. The entire paper should be double-spaced. Your paper should begin with the following headings: your name, instructor's name, course name and number and Article Review. Your paper's title should be centered.
- Begin your article review with an introduction of 1-2 paragraphs. These paragraphs should answer the following questions:
Next you will prepare a 2-4 paragraph summary of the main points of the article. These paragraphs should answer the following questions:
- Who is the author?
- What is the focus of this article?
- Why did you choose this article? (i.e., This article will help me understand...or decide...)
Your next step will be to give your evaluation of the strengths and the weaknesses of the article. This will also be 2-4 paragraphs. These paragraphs will cover information such as:
- What are the main points made in the article, using the articles order of presentation?
- What key terms did the author use?
- What do you observe about the author's style? Is this article based on a particular theory, a debate considering different points of view, or a personal impression?
- What study methodology and findings were used for this article?
End your review with a 1-2 paragraph conclusion summarizing the most important insight about the article and give your judgment about whether this article would be useful to others.At the very end of your article review you will provide your Works Cited page. In addition, remember you must use proper MLA citation and referencing throughout your paper any time you use direct quotes or data directly from the article. This is accomplished by putting the author's name, page number in parenthesis immediately following the information used. If you use any additional resources, such as your text, you must also properly cite those sources.
- What most impressed you about the article?
- What was the author's purpose and how well does he/she achieve it?
- Is the information used in the article trustworthy and credible?
- Are there any errors in reasoning or other weaknesses in the information?
- Did you find any examples of distortion, sensationalism or bias?
- Did you find any omissions of significant information in the article?
- How does this article compare to other articles on the same topic?
- Have you found any other sources that contradict this article?
- Does anything make this article more (or less) useful than other sources?