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HPS 402/502: Senior Seminar

Research Guide for HPS 402

Reading & Analyzing Journal Articles

When you're reading your sources:

  1. Critically evaluate the theoretical positions being advanced
  2. Critically evaluate the adequacy of the methods and data to address the position being advanced
  3. Examine what has previously been found in studies about your topic
  4. Examine how your topic fits into this literature and how it helps answer your research questions

When you're critiquing journal articles, look for key information like:

  1. What are the main hypotheses?
  2. Why is this research important?
  3. What are the theoretical perspectives of the authors?
  4. What is the sample size?
  5. Were the research measures and procedures appropriate for studying the stated hypothesis?
  6. What were the key research findings?
  7. Are the authors' conclusions supported by the data? Why or why not?
  8. Did the authors show any bias?
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