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PSYC 700 Understanding Research Paper Assignment Instructions Overview The purpose of the

PSYC 700

Understanding Research Paper Assignment Instructions

Overview

The purpose of the
Understanding Research Paper Assignment is to critically examine an empirical research article using Jordan & Zanna’s (1999) recommendations for evaluating a research study. This resource is found in the
Learn section of Module 5: Week 5. Please locate and read a research article on any topic in psychology that interests you, using the Jerry Falwell Library databases. Please find the Jerry Falwell Library link located under the
Understanding Research Paper Resources on the
Understanding Research Paper Assignment page. To learn how to understand the Library’s resources, please watch the brief Library tutorial located on the
Understanding Research Paper Assignment page under the
Understanding Research Paper Resources. Also, please read the information on Defining Databases and Journals located in the Counseling & Research Guide under the
Understanding Research Paper Resources on the
Understanding Research Paper Assignment page for information on what a scholarly journal article is and how to find it in the research databases.

Instructions

For this assignment, please locate and read an empirical journal article (meaning data was collected in a study) on any topic in Psychology that interests you. Actively read the article using the evaluation recommendations of Jordan & Zanna (1999). In your reading by Jordan & Zanna (1999), there are questions to guide you through an evaluation of each section of your research article. Use those questions to actively read the journal article you have selected and then write a 2-3 page summary evaluation of the article that includes the following:

1. A concise description of the purpose of the study and research questions that the authors state guided their study.

2. An evaluation of the method of the study. Briefly describe how the researcher(s) collected the data for the study and then report any limitations you see. For example, evaluate their sample, how the variables were measured, and any other methodological factors that may have affected the study.

3. A brief description of the results found. What were the major findings? Did the findings support the researchers’ hypotheses (if quantitative)?

4. An evaluation of how the authors’ discussed the findings. Do you agree with how they discussed the findings of their study? Are there possible alternative explanations for what they found (or didn’t find)? Are there things about the way the study was conducted (described above) that could explain why the authors found what they found (or didn’t find)?

The
Understanding Research Paper Assignment must also include a title page and reference

page in current APA format. The
Understanding Research Paper Assignment must include an

introduction and conclusion in addition to the body, as outlined above. The title page and

reference page are not included in the 2–3 page requirement. Please note that the
Understanding

Research Paper Assignment is meant to be a concise summary and evaluation of a research

article using the recommendations of Jordan & Zanna (1999). You are not expected to review all

limitations, but rather to point out some factors that you notice when you critically evaluated the

article.

Be sure to review the criteria on the
Understanding Research Paper Grading Rubric before

beginning the
Understanding Research Paper Assignment.

Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool.

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