Here is the article I would like you to summarize and critique:
Here is the guideline for the assignment (it will mention citing the reading, obviously you will not be able to do that, just focus on summarizing and critiquing the article and I will make any changes):
Article Summary & Critique
During each of the four modules, students are required to obtain an Internet article to summarize and critique. Articles topics must be related to the study guides for the current module and should be complete articles and not basic websites, fact sheets, or chapters from a book. I recommend searching the HCC library database for relevant articles (library website:; you will need a library card). Students should search for articles related to a specific topic (e.g., ‘The use of Ritalin in the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder’) rather than fact sheets that offer a shallow summary of a topic (e.g., “Attention Deficit Disorder: Symptoms, Causes and Treatments”). Do not use encyclopedia articles (e.g., Wikipedia,, etc.), or articles already linked to this course. Consider the source of the article, the URL, and whether and author or authors are listed. Specific connections to the assigned textbook readings should be made, and citations and references should be included when appropriate.
For more assistance finding appropriate articles and/or formatting in APA format contact me or utilize the new “Research Assistance: Help from your class librarian” resource forum in the Research and APA Style section of the course. You will find a list of links and short tutorials designed to assist you in finding and article and completing the assignment.
All assignments should include the following components:
1. An Introduction:
-Include an “interest getter” or interesting quote, fact or anecdote and answer the following question:
-What is the author’s name, the title, and date of the article?
-What is the source of the article? Include the URL so others may read the article.
-What is the thesis (topic or goal) of the article? What are the main points?
2. A summary and comparison section:
-Summarize the main points of the article in your own words
-Use quotes, paraphrases, statistics, etc. to support those points.
-Make relevant comparisons to the assigned readings and other course material.
-Describe of research methods (if any) used to support the main ideas.
3. A critical analysis and opinion section:
The critical analysis section should involve an analysis and critique of the article.
The following questions should also be used as a guideline for the critical analysis section:
-Were there any problems with the research methods (see Chapter 2) used to support the main ideas (e.g., confounding variables, correlation without causation, etc.)?
-What is your opinion regarding the main points of the article? Give reasons for your opinion.
-Is the author knowledgeable and credible?
-Who is “sponsoring” the site (i.e., .org, .edu, .com, etc.)?
What is the purpose of the article? To argue a position? Sell a product? Inform readers?
-Does the author provide sufficient support for the main points? Are any of the ideas or assumptions questionable?
-How do the main ideas relate to the learning objectives and assigned readings? Any similarities? Contradictions? Why?
4. A conclusion:
Summarize the main points and conclusions.
5. A bibliography:
List your sources (including the article) in APA format.
Technical/Formatting Information:
Use complete sentences and paragraph form. References and citations should be formatted in APA style. The following links offer information regarding this format:
Your textbook also contains many concrete examples of citations and references in APA style and the HCC library maintains a “style guide” full of information and examples regarding various publication styles. Library staff also offer a series of “Rx for Research” sessions that may be helpful.
NOTE: Extensive knowledge of APA style is not required or expected; however, it is important that you give credit to those who wrote the material used in this assignment. Include the author’s last name and date when quoting, paraphrasing or citing research from another source. For example, a citation from the textbook might look like this: (Myers, 2005, p. 23). Include the page number when quotation marks are used. Do not cut an paste the article (or any other writing created by someone else) into the discussion forum or paraphrase large portions of the article or any other source; this could be considered plagiarism and will result in a zero on this assignment.