Critical Analysis on Primary Article
Critical Analysis of an Article in the Professional Literature
Length: 1200-1500 words
Voice: 3rd person only
A critical analysis is more than just a summary of an article– it reflects an active and critical reader who is thinking while reading.
In the Introduction identify the article, author(s), and year of publication, then summarize their topic and thesis.
You may use the title of the article in this paper only.
The authors must be listed by last name only. Use the “et al.” format for three or more authors.
The year of publication should be in parentheses.
Answer the following questions in the Analysis of the Article section:
What are their topic, issue, and major and minor claims?
Are the claims of fact, policy, or value? Elaborate.
Are they relevant, recent, reliable, and accurate? Elaborate.
How do they support their main claims?
What kind of problem is the author addressing? Are the researchers addressing a misinterpretation, a gap, or a modification that needs to be made in how others have addressed the topic or issue?
How do the authors build on and extend what others have argued?
Do they make any concessions or acknowledge counter-arguments?
In the Research Relevance section, analyze the article in terms of its relevance to your research. Remember to write this section in third person voice. Some examples of things you might discuss are:
What content can be used for your research paper?
What are the areas of agreement and disagreement (from what you know) that may cause tension?
What was profound or new in the article?
What were the strengths in content?
What keywords, theories, or concepts from the article could you use as section headings? Do not write this as a list; write in complete sentences.
Conclude your paper with a brief summary of your analysis of the article’s overall effectiveness and relevance to your research.
Follow all APA guidelines for the title page, page numbers, 1″ margins, double spacing, in-text references to the authors (without the date– include the year of publication only once, in the introduction), and the reference page.
Base your paper on one peer-reviewed, published article. This article must be primary (i.e., empirical; experimental) and should be no more than 5-10 years old. Cite the authors (without the date) in your paper as appropriate. Do not use direct quotations; paraphrase only.
Level 1 and level 2 headings are required throughout the paper.
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