Decipher Original Research Articles
Please be sure to type out the citation of your articles. The format is:
Last name, First initial. (date). Title, Name of Journal, volume, page
Example: Detter, A., Reed, A., Yi, P., Widdershoven, T., & Mitchell, E.
(2009). Working on a lot of summaries makes my head hurt. Journal of
Introductory to Psychology Honors, 1, 1-6.
Look for answers to all of the following questions as you read:
1. What was the author’s purpose (why do this study anyway?)?
2. What was the hypothesis?
3. Identify all of the variables under study.
4. How was the hypothesis tested? (Name the research method)
5. Who was studied? How many people?
6. What were the results? Do not pay attention to math formulas, stats or
numbers…the authors will explain the results in writing…read that!
7. Why are these results important? (look in the discussion section).