professional literature 100 points 3 body pages W r i t i n g

professional literature 100 points 3 body pages W r i t i n g

Critical Analysis of an Article in the Professional Literature

100 points 3 body pages (4 max)


This assignment is another skill builder on the way to the Scholarly Paper assignment.In this assignment, you’ll practice the skills you’ll use in critically reading the professional literature related to your selected topic.

Step 1: Choose one of the PRIMARY peer-reviewed articles you have selected for your Scholarly Paper (no literature reviews or other secondary resource articles allowed).

Step 2: Read the article at least twice

Read the article first to get a sense of where it stands.Then, go back and read it again more closely.Note your reactions, questions, and response to the points, process, and perspective of the authors.Annotate and complete the Article Summary Form to help you with this process.

Step 3: Write a critical analysis of the article

A critical analysis is more than just a summary of an article – it reflects an active and critical reader who is thinking while reading.Utilize everything you have learned from Greene & Lidinsky.

In the Introduction briefly identify the article and author(s) and briefly summarize their topic and thesis.

In the Analysis of the Article section:You must cover all of these questions.

  • What is their topic, issue, and major & minor claims.
    • Are they claims of fact, policy or value?Elaborate
    • Are the relevant, recent, reliable, and accurate?Elaborate
    • How do they support their main claims?
  • What is the problem they are 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?
  • Who are identified as important/touchstone thinkers on your issue and why?
  • How do the authors build on and extend what others have argued?
  • Do they make any concessions or acknowledge counter-arguments?

Then for the Research Relevance section analyze in terms of relevance to YOUR research.Some examples of things you might cover 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, concepts) from the article can you use as the basis of section headings?Describe in narrative fashion, not as a list.

Then conclude with a brief summary of your analysis of the articles overall effectiveness and relevance to your research based on the above consideration

Follow all APA guidelines for title page, running heading, page numbers, margins, spacing, citations, and reference page.One primary peer reviewed source must be used to create four APA in-text citations (direct quotes or paraphrasing).Level 1 and level 2 headings are also required.Use the headings to help “answer” the major prompts above.Turnitin enabled. Plagiarism (generally a score about 10%) will result in a zero on this paper.