The Article Critique Assignment is designed to teach you to critically evaluate the information contained
in a professional source. Each assignment will ask you to locate and review an article about a particular
behavioral theory. These articles should come from professional, refereed journals.
Format [adapted from Locke, Silverman, & Spirduso (2004). Reading and Understanding Research,
CITATION: Provide a complete reference citation, including author(s), title, date, journal name,
journal volume and issue number, pages.
PURPOSE AND GENERAL RATIONALE: In general terms, what was the purpose of the study?
What did the author say to prove that it was important to do this study? What do you think about their
PARTICIPANTS: Describe who was studied (number and characteristics) and how they were selected.
CONTEXT: Where did the study take place? Describe the important characteristics.
AUTHOR’S RELATIONSHIP TO SUBJECTS: How was the author(s) related to the subjects and/or
the context? For example, were the subjects students at the university where the author works? Were
they patients at the author’s hospital? How does this relationship, if any, potentially effect the study?
DATA: How was data collected? What was collected as data (frequencies, test scores, photographs,
etc.)? How was the investigator involved in data collection? Do you think this was the correct kind of
data to collect based on what the author(s) said s/he wanted to find out?
ANALYSIS: What types of data analysis were used (statistical tests, etc.)? Why? What information
were those tests supposed to reveal?
RESULTS: What did the author(s) identify as the primary results (produced by the data analysis)? In
general, what happened, or what was going on?
CONCLUSIONS: What did the author(s) say about how the results related to the purpose of the study?
How did the events and experiences of and during the entire study affect these conclusions?
CAUTIONS: What cautions or concerns does the author(s) bring up about the study itself, or about
interpreting the results? Discuss any of your own concerns, particularly about the trustworthiness and
believability of the results and conclusions.
DISCUSSION: What interesting facts or ideas did you learn from reading the article? Include anything
that was of value, including: results, research designs and methods, references, instruments, history,
useful arguments, or person inspiration.