Locating and Critiquing a Journal Article’s Results Section

Week #7 – Assignment: Locating and Critiquing a Journal Article’s Results Section

Overview

 

Following the location of a journal article related to their field of study, engage student in an understanding of and thoughtful response (i.e. critique) of the article’s result section.

 

Instructions

 

Locate a research article related to your field of study from one of the journals listed on pages 42-43 (Table 2.2) of your textbook using the following steps:

  1. Using the Internet, go to Arkansas State University’s homepage (www.astate.edu)
  2. In the “Quick Links” section at the top, click on “Library”
  3. On the Dean B. Ellis Library webpage, in the “Journals” section, place your cursor in the empty “box” and type in the FULL name of the journal you wish to search for (remember to choose a journal from the list on pages 39-41 of your textbook, i.e. Journal of Sport Management), click “Begins With” or “Exact Match” and click on the “search” button
  4. Database links to accessing research articles will be provided, select one by clicking on it (i.e. Business Source Complete). Note: If you ONLY see “Arkansas State University Print Collection”, this indicates that ASU only subscribes to hard printed copies and will require that you physically attain articles from this journal from the Ellis Library. You may wish to select another journal providing online access.
  5. On the database’s webpage, select any year you wish by clicking on the year (i.e. 2015) to access journal volumes and issues from that year, a listing of volumes and issues will be listed
  6. Select any volume and issue you wish and you will be taken to a listing of research articles published in that volume and issue
  7. Select an article by clicking on the article’s hyperlink (usually the title) to read your article. Note: If a hyperlink “PDF Full Text” is provided, you may wish to select this format to see how the article appears in printed form (A copy of Adobe Reader is required and can be downloaded for free at www.adobe.com)
  8. Read your article    

 

Following the location of and reading of your chosen research article, provide thoughtful response of critiquing your research article’s result section found in the “Work Area” below.

 

 

Evaluation Rubric

 

Use the following rubric to guide your work.

 

Tasks

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Exemplary Acceptable Unacceptable
Completion of the template for analyzing results section.

Name/General Topic

Response contains the complete first and last name identification of the student and contains less than 5 clearly written words describing topic of research article.

 ( 5 points)

Response contains only the first or last name identification of the student and contains more than 5 clearly written words describing topic of research article.

 ( 3 points)

Response does not contain the name identification of the student and does not contain any written words describing topic of research article.

 ( 0 points)

Completion of the template for analyzing results section.

APA Reference

Response contains clearly written and APA formatted reference for research article.

 ( 5 points)

Response contains written but incorrect APA formatted reference for research article.

 ( 3 points)

Response does not contain any written or APA formatted reference for research article.

 ( 0 points)

Completion of the template for analyzing results section.

Organization

Response contains clearly written description of the organization of the findings or results found in research article.

 ( 5 points)

Response contains vaguely written description of the organization of the of findings or results found in research article.

 ( 3 points)

Response does not contain any written description of the organization of the of findings or results found in research article.

 ( 0 points)

Completion of the template for analyzing results section.

Comparison

Response contains clearly written comparison of findings or results with other areas found in research article.

 ( 5 points)

Response contains vaguely written comparison of findings or results with other areas found in research article.

 ( 3 points)

Response does not contain any written comparison of findings or results with other areas found in research article.

 ( 0 points)

 

 

 

 

 

Work Area

 

Use the box below as your work area. The box will expand as you type.

 

Template for Analyzing Results Section

Instructor Comments in Red

Name: Your Name

 

General Topic of your article: Less than 5 words describing the topic of this article

 

Reference (APA): Provide the appropriate APA reference for a journal article in this space. An example can be found in your Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) on page 198 (“Journal article with DOI”)

 

Results

  1. How is the results section organized?

 

 

 

 

  1. Compare the order of reported findings with the introduction, literature review, and statement of the problem. Do you see any relationships? How else might the results section have been organized?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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