Reading and critically analyzing academic research reported in journal articles is an important part of learning and applying scholarly research for multiple applications within your discipline.

The final assignment for this course is an academic research article critique. The purpose of the critique is to ensure that you know how to read and critically assess research for use in your own research, to understand social problems in society, support decision making in public policy, or to influence one’s own individual research approaches. 

Focus of the Final Paper 

Reading and critically analyzing academic research reported in journal articles is an important part of learning and applying scholarly research for multiple applications within your discipline. Through the first four weeks of this course, you have become more familiar with the various components of research design. For this final assignment, read and critically review one of the journal articles provided in the list by discipline (below). You may choose from any of the lists, however you will probably find one from your own discipline to be of greater interest to you and more useful for future reference. 

1. Choose one article from the list below and read it.

Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Haynes, M. R., & Giblin, M. J. (2014). Homeland security risk and preparedness in police agencies: The insignificance of actual risk factors. Police Quarterly, 17(1), 30-53. doi:10.1177/1098611114526017
Settles, T., & Lindsay, B. R. (2011). Crime in post-Katrina Houston: The effects of moral panic on emergency planning. Disasters, 35(1), 200-219. doi:10.1111/j.1467-7717.2010.01200.x
Steelman, T. A., & Mccaffrey, S. (2013). Best practices in risk and crisis communication: Implications for natural hazards management. Natural Hazards, 65(1), 683-705. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11069-012-0386-z 

Military Studies

Furia, S. R., & Bielby, D. D. (2009). Bombshells on film: Women, military films, and hegemonic gender ideologies. Popular Communication, 7(4), 208-224. doi:10.1080/15405700903046369
McClure, P., & Broughton, W. (2000). Measuring the cohesion of military communities. Armed Forces & Society (0095327X), 26(3), 473-12. 
Routon, P. W. (2014). The effect of 21st century military service on civilian labor and educational outcomes. Journal of Labor Research, (1), 15. 

Social and Criminal Justice

McDowall, D., Loftin, C., & Pate, M. (2012). Seasonal cycles in crime, and their variability. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 28(3), 389-410. doi:10.1007/s10940-011-9145-7
Sharpe, G. (2009). The trouble with girls today: Professional perspectives on young women’s offending. Youth Justice, 9(3), 154. doi:10.1177/1473225409345103
Trautner, M. (2011). Tort reform and access to justice: How legal environments shape lawyers’ case selection. Qualitative Sociology, 34(4), 523-538. doi:10.1007/s11133-011-9203-3 

Social Science

Charnley, S., & Durham, W. H. (2010). Anthropology and environmental policy: What counts? American Anthropologist, (3), 397. doi:10.1111/j.1548-1433.2010.01248.x 
Cohen, A. (2012). Sweating the vote: Heat and abstention in the US House of Representatives. PS: Political Science & Politics, (1)
Fouts, H. N., Hewlett, B. S., & Lamb, M. E. (2012). A biocultural approach to breastfeeding interactions in Central Africa. American Anthropologist, (1), 123. doi:10.1111/j.1548-1433.2011.01401.x
Fulton, S. A. (2012). Running backwards and in high heels: The gendered quality gap and incumbent electoral success. Political Research Quarterly, (2). 303. 

Sociology

Atkinson, M. (2004). Tattooing and civilizing processes: Body modification as self-control. Canadian Review of Sociology & Anthropology, 41(2), 125-146. 
Glass, P. G. (2012). Doing scene: Identity, space, and the interactional accomplishment of youth culture. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 41(6), 695. doi:10.1177/0891241612454104
Oyelere, R., & Oyolola, M. (2012). The role of race and birth place in welfare usage among comparable women: Evidence from the U.S. Review of Black Political Economy, 39(3), 285-297. doi:10.1007/s12114-011-9122-2
Park, J., & Denson, N. (2013). When race and class both matter: The relationship between socioeconomic diversity, racial diversity, and student reports of cross-class interaction. Research in Higher Education, 54(7), 725-745. doi:10.1007/s11162-013-9289-4 
2. Read the resource below. 

3. Employ the methods detailed in the Learning Commons resource to critique the article you selected in Step 1. At a minimum, the critique should include the following information: 
Introduction (about two pages

Summarize the article you chose, including discussions surrounding the purpose of the study, the methodology utilized, the results obtained, and the conclusions drawn by the author(s) utilizing questions posed in the reading. Utilize questions posed in the “Analyze the Text” section of the Learning Commons resource to develop this section. You must include the full APA citation for the article in your references page. 

Body (about five pages

Determine both the strengths and weaknesses of each section of the paper (i.e., introduction, methods, results, discussion, overview). Use questions posed in the “Evaluate the Text” section of the Learning Commons resource to develop this section. 

Conclusion (about three pages

Discuss the significance of the research. Utilize questions posed in the “Establish the Significance of the Research” section of the Learning Commons resource to develop this section. 

Writing the Final Paper

The Final Paper:

1. Must be 8 to 10 double-spaced pages in length (excluding title and reference pages), and formatted according to APA style 
2. Must include a title page with the following: 
Title of paper
Student’s name
Course name and number
Instructor’s name
Date submitted
3. Must use at least two scholarly resources
4. Must document all sources in APA style, 
5. Must include a separate reference pag

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