You are required to write a journal article critique of at least 900 words in length on a topic that is mentioned in the textbook or lecture that is somehow related to the novel Frankenstein. You must collect at least one peer-reviewed, scientific journal article that discusses your topic of choice to use as a resource for your paper. Additional details about this paper are in a handout posted on Canvas. Late critiques will not be accepted.All the work must be originalTurnitin report is required
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Psychology 1: INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
Spring 2019, Ticket 60230
Tuesday, 7:00 – 9:50 P.M. (3 Units)
Peer-Review Journal Article CRITIQUE
Any Psychological topic explored in the novel Frankenstein
900 words or more TYPED (12-point font, double spaced, 1” margins all around)
End of class TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019
5% of your total grade
To get the points available, you are required to write a journal article critique of at least 900 words in length
on a topic mentioned in the textbook or in a lecture that is somehow related to the novel Frankenstein. You
must collect at least one peer-reviewed, scientific journal article that discusses your topic of choice to
use as a resource for your paper. Your critique is due at the end of class on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Late
papers will not be accepted.
Completion of the journal article critique will be worth 5% of your grade.
WHAT TO DO:
1. Select a topic from the class that is featured in the novel Frankenstein. This topic should be fairly
specific, for example: genetic manipulation, language acquisition, revenge, aggression, stigma,
discrimination. I recommend that you chose a topic that you took interest in while reading the text, or
felt like you wanted to know more about.
2. Go to the IVC library webpage and click FIND ARTICLES. (You can also sign in remotely using your
email login name.) Find the database called PsycARTICLES. Enter your topic into the search box.
***MAKE SURE YOU CHECK THE BOXES FOR FULL TEXT ARTICLES AND PEER-REVIEWED
JOURNALS!*** A full text article is one that is available online in its entirety (as opposed to needing
to find the physical journal and photocopying the appropriate pages.) Your article MUST be from a peerreviewed journal (no magazines or newspapers like Psychology Today, Newsweek, or Time!). If you
have any problems with the search, ask the reference librarian for help (don’t be shy, but do be
3. Find a journal article that interests you and save a copy of it as a .pdf or a Word document. (You will
need to turn in a copy of the article with your paper, so yes, you must have an electronic file that you
can attach to the post on Canvas.)
4. Read the article critically looking for details of the research question that was investigated in the study,
or details of the topic if it is a review article.
5. Write a
paper addressing the following:
What was the research question of interest?
What about the topic had previously been studied (if offered by the author(s))?
How did the researchers operationally define the variables? What was their Dependent Variable
(what they were measuring) and how was it defined (or measured)?
How did the researchers investigate their question? Describe the method of the study.
What did the researchers find? (Don’t worry about explaining the statistics if there are any
What conclusions did the researchers offer to explain their findings?
What do YOU think about the study?
How does it offer growth to the current knowledge of the topic?
What do YOU think would be an appropriate next study?
How have you connected this study to the novel Frankenstein?
6. NOTE: If your article does not talk about a specific study, it may be a review of a body of knowledge on
your topic. If that is the case, then describe in detail how your topic has been studied in the past and
how the topic has evolved over the years that the review includes. Discuss the importance of the
research on your topic and how future researchers might add to the body of knowledge (i.e. what
studies can be done next). Essentially summarize the research that has been done and the major
findings, and then insert your opinions about this body of research and explain how it is connected to
the novel Frankenstein.
7. If your article does not sound like those described in #5 or #6, BRING IT TO ME FOR APPROVAL.
8. Make sure your paper is properly formatted (12-point font, double spaced, 1” margins all around; top,
bottom, left and right)
If you have any questions, please come talk to me!
Cheating and other forms of dishonest behavior are destructive to the educational process for all students,
and will not be tolerated in this class. As a result, students may not submit work that is not totally their
DO NOT PLAGIARIZE FROM THE ARTICLES THAT YOU CHOSE!
EVERY SENTENCE SHOULD BE YOUR OWN WORDS!
If you are confused by this and would like more information on what qualifies as plagiarism, please visit the
Any student engaged in ANY dishonest behaviors, including plagiarism, may receive an “F” on the paper
and/or will be reported to the IVC Master Cheating file. (Just don’t do it…)
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