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This form was originally designed by Robert Solso (2003).      After finding several articles pertinent to an area of interest. statistics. It has bee slightly modified. how does someone go about digesting the material? Most psychological articles are technical reports that are filled with sometimes complex language. To better understand the peculiar language and unfamiliar structure of psychology. and graphs. Description of the experiment and the results. 5. 2. 1. Body of the paper including a review of previous studies. and it takes practice to understand them. I suggest two methods: Become familiar with the consistent structure of articles in psychology. Title and affiliation of the author. 4. . Brief summary or abstract. 3. Students should look at an article and try and identify these components. Discussion of the findings with the references.

the results. the design. and the conclusions. Ask questions when reading.  For example. fill out the form . and the conclusions that the investigator reaches.     The first step is to carefully read the abstract. This will provide you with a framework with which to understand the rest of the article. skim the article to gain an overview of the problem. Read the article for details. Next.  Once you have done this. Review the article and identify the most important points. “What is the relationship between past results and the current experiment?” Someone could also question the methods. Read  with an inquiring mind.

 After reading an article the student should fill out a copy of the form:           Topic: Formal APA Style Citation: Search Criteria & Data Base: Problem of Study: Research Method Used: Variables (DV and/or IV): Results: Author’s Interpretation: Future Research: Your Criticisms:  I have found that many students keep these brief reviews and refer to them later in their careers. and this will inevitably prove useful later when developing research ideas. Even seasoned researchers have found forms like this useful. Those who consistently record their summaries of articles will have a sizable collection of reviews in a short time. It has bee slightly modified.  . This form was originally designed by Robert Solso (2003).

e.. correlation.e. descriptive. experiment)?  Random assignment. groups?  Sampling?  Cause-and-effect? Correlational?  Reliability & Validity of Instruments  How is the variable measured across studies  Demographics (i. representative samples)  How large a difference (not just statistically significant)  Flaws within studies .. What is the design (i.

critique the article assigned last class. . In groups of 2-3. Divide the critique among each other.

What was the muddiest point for you? .