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PSYC 325: Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships

Research Guide for PSYC 325

Reading & Analyzing Journal Articles

Your journal article summaries for your film analysis should include:

  • a brief description of the article
  • the article's strengths and weaknesses
  • why you chose to use this particular article for your paper 

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

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