Research Article Analysis Assignment | College Homework Help
Requirements: You will complete one research article analysis that will be submitted to Canvas for grading. This analysis will be performed on the scholarly article “Sleeping with the Frenemy: How Restricting ‘Bedroom Use’ of Smartphones impacts Happiness and Well Being” (in Modules on Canvas).
Purpose: This assignment will give you practice in understanding how, why, and in what different ways research articles are produced, for different purposes. It takes time to learn to read dense research articles, and select what you need from them for a larger research project, as well as to understand what authors are trying to accomplish.
Assignment: Answer the following questions about this article (keep the questions on your assignment sheet to submit). Read the article through carefully, taking note of the thesis and structure, before answering these questions.
1) Read the article. In 3-4 sentences, summarize the argument or thesis for the article as a whole. Be sure to use your own words and not the exact thesis from the article.
2) What academic disciplines (such as history, psychology, economics, computer science, sociology, etc.) are related to this article and its author? How do you know? Hint: you should look at the journal title (this usually tells you the disciplinary focus), the author’s credentials or areas of study, and the article topics for clues. You may need to do some research on the author or the journal.
3) What is the structure of this article (i.e., how is the information categorized or organized?). Name the major subtopics and their order. Why do you think the author(s) chose to use this structure in presenting their argument? ***To answer this question, first label the different topics and subtopics throughout the article and list them, then think about the order and why it might have been presented that way. What effect would this have on the reader?
4) List the significant types of evidence included in this source (ex: surveys, statistics, analysis of primary texts, additional scholarly analysis (use of other expert sources), etc). How do these affect the credibility or authority of the article’s author?
5) After reading the whole article, can you deduce what the major research question was that the author started with? Note: the thesis is essentially their answer to the research question. Try to infer that question here.
6) Does the author explain or clarify that their project is different from others that have come before? In other words, how do they insert their argument within a larger ongoing academic conversation, and establish their originality? Note: this usually happens near the beginning of a research article.
7) How many sources did this author rely on to make their argument? What can you infer about the quality of their work, based on this information? Do you think this would be a good source to use in an academic research paper?