Scholarly articles are written by researchers and are published in research or academic journals. They are also known as peer-reviewed or refereed articles. They have high quality credibility as they’ve have been through a rigorous system of review by other experts in the author’s research field before publication is permitted. They may also be found in Open Access Repositories.
Locating scholarly articles. Look for the following:
the research question (usually stated in the Abstract and Introduction)
the hypothesis(es) (usually in the Introduction)
related published research (usually discussed in the Literature Review)
the test of the hypothesis (in the Methodology and Methods)
the findings (in the Results/Data Analysis, including tables and figures)
how the findings were interpreted (in the Discussion)
Read the article again analytically and make notes of main ideas and main topic.
Now ask yourself these questions:
What immediately stands out or is in interesting about this information?
How does the author(s) support the hypothesis or research question?
Has the article been cited by any other researcher since it was written (see Cited By in databases such as Science Direct, Web of Science or CiteULike citation trackers).
What citations or datasets does the author(s) use in their References? Use these to link to other research.
Writing the Critical Article Review: Summary
You may need to evaluate a number of journal articles on your research question for a literature review or you may be required to write a critique of just one for a shorter assignment. Note: a critical article review is not a literature review
Give the title of the article and name of the author(s) and provide a full citation of the article. Identify the writer by profession or affiliation.
Identify the purpose of the article.
Outline what the research question is and explain why it is interesting and important.
It is important that the introductory paragraph include a thesis statement which identifies the main points you will be discussing in the body (analysis) of the review.