questions for each articles
Scientifically-based articles from popular magazines, newspapers, and pamphlets.
Internet search engines (i.e. Google, Yahoo, Ask Jeeves, and others).
Procedure (What to do):
- Look through any popular magazines, newspapers, or pamphlets that are addressing some topic that has a scientific basis, and find two (2) articles that you find interesting.
- A. Read each article carefully,
- use Internet searches to gain a better understanding of scientific terms and concepts
that may be presented, and
- Answer the following questions for each article (Answer ALL parts, a through h, and, since these instruction are in Word, you can write or paste your answers right under each question.
Provide a COMPLETE citation for your article(s). Use the APA method for indicating your references (see the following link for learning more about the preparation of manuscripts):
- What was the objective of the article?
- Does the articles provide the necessary evidence to support the objective?
Explain why or why not:
- Does the author give enough information in the article that will allow the reader to verify their major premise(s)?
- Was any data, quantitative or qualitative, given?
- Did they reference a statistical analysis that they applied to their data?
- Do you feel that the article provides less scientific evidence than might have been desired, in order to help the reader to understand and really trust their report?
- Specifically, what should the author have done to have presented a better article, if you felt any improvements were necessary?
- Could the public be harmed in any way if they acted upon the articles findings without first conducting some type of critical analysis?
- Was use the Internet very helpful in completing this exercise? Explain.