Article Review Guidelines
You will be doing a review of an article from an academic journal or a technical journal. This review is NOT
a summary of the article; rather it is a critique and analytic evaluation of the information presented. As such:
- It looks at the substance of the article.
- It includes information on the format and presentation of the article.
- It includes a brief summary of the article so that the audience/reader will have an understanding of what the article was about.
- Itís critical--both favorable and unfavorable.
- It must analyze the authorís major ideas.
Reading the Article
- Take notes while reading. What were your reactions?
- Note the questions the author raises and how he/she answers the questions. Did the author answer the questions?
- Were the authorís arguments convincing? Why or Why Not?
- Does the author support the the major ideas with convincing data?
Writing the Article Review
Keep these questions in mind:
- What is the authorís purpose in writing this article?
- What is/are the major idea(s)? (Explain it in your own words.)
- Does the author draw generalizations from the material presented?
- Are the authorís conclusions presented clearly or are they implied?
Review Should Include
- Title of Article: Pertinent bibliographical information.
- Introduction of the Author: This should be brief.
- Summary: Again this should be brief. No more than a paragraph or two. This is NOT a page-by-page "book report", but a summary of the substance of the article.
- Body of Review: This is the bulk of the review. It should address the above questions. It states the major themes of the article.
- Conclusion: About one or two paragraphs. This is a concise statement summarizing what you have written in your review. It is not necessary to state weather you enjoyed the article or not.
- Professional Appearance: Be sure to proofread your review before you turn it in. Use correct grammar and writing mechanics. Be sure also to cite sources when you use them.
Review Should NOT Include
- Don't plagiarize! Use your own words to describe the papers; do not paraphrase; and certainly do not copy without putting the copied words in quotations and citing the
source. It is ok to have an occasional direct quote from an article (if properly attributed - "use quotes"), but it is not acceptable to have a review that consists of strings
of directly quoted sentences or phrases, even if you do attribute them properly.
- Spelling or grammatical errors.
Format your Assignment
Your assignment should be formatted as follows:
- Do not make a title page for your paper unless specifically requested.
- Provide a double-spaced entry in the top left corner of the first page that lists your name, your instructor's name, the course, and the date.
- Create a header that numbers all pages consecutively in the upper right-hand corner, one-half inch from the top and flush with the right margin.
- Center your title on the line below the header with your name, and begin your paper immediately below the title.
- Double space the body of the review.
Here is a sample first page of an article review in MLA style:
Professor Sue Sampson
Introduction to Java
12 December, 2003
"Don't trust Java online" That's the message from computer and Internet security watchdogs,
in response to reports that "hostile" Java applets are stalking the WWW.