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                 Suggested Structure for Empirical Article Reviews – PSYC210 2006

Each empirical article review will consist of objective and evaluative elements. The objective elements (i.e.,
describing the facts about the study) will comprise the majority of the paper. The evaluation portion will be
relatively brief; this critique is typically presented at the conclusion of the article review after the reader is
familiar with the facts of the study.

Include objective information from each of the numbered categories below. The bulleted points represent types
of information that may be included in each category. You will not be able to address all of these bulleted points
in each empirical article review, so part of the challenge is to use your judgment in deciding which is the most
important and relevant information to describe.

Papers should be written in a logical paragraph form; the numbered categories and bulleted points are not to
be used as actual headings. Each empirical article review should be 3 double-spaced pages long in 12-point font
with 1-inch margins. Attach an APA-style reference page as the back page of your journal report. Use secondary
source citations for empirical foundation articles (see below). Formatting counts.

Please identify your paper with your code number only.

Objectively summarize the most important aspects of the study:

       1) What is the general purpose / what are the major constructs or ideas of the study?
            Rationale/importance of study
            Empirical foundations (i.e., previous studies leading up to this one) and/or theoretical
             foundations (i.e., what are the primary constructs or ideas that are involved in the study)

       2) What are the specific hypotheses and/or research questions of the study?

       3) What is (are) the variable(s) of the study?
           If an experimental study: Independent variable(s), including their levels and within- vs.
             between-subjects; Dependent variable(s)
           If a correlational / regression study: Predictor variable(s), Dependent / Outcome variable(s)
           Descriptive variables (if relevant)

       4) Who are the participants (i.e., subjects) of the study?
           Unique characteristics (e.g., diagnosis/other inclusion criteria)
           Age, gender, SES, race/ethnicity, place of residence, education, occupation, etc.

       5) What are the methods and procedures that were used to collect data for the study?
            Measurement tools for each variable; #items, response format, coding scheme,
             validity/reliability
            Recruitment & assessment procedures

       6) What are the findings of the study? How are the hypotheses supported or not supported?
           Type of statistical analyses used to test hypotheses
           Focus on central results/findings, specifically those pertaining to hypotheses

Evaluate at least one strength and one weakness of the methodology of the study:
           Research Design (e.g., internal validity, external validity)
           Authors' interpretations of their findings

				
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