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SOC110: Introduction to Sociology Dr. Sarah Goodrum. Tips for Critical Reading. Reading a Research Article Adapted from: Babbie, Earl. 2001. The Practice of Social Research, 9 th Ed . Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing.

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Reading a Research ArticleAdapted from: Babbie, Earl. 2001. The Practice of Social Research, 9th Ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing
  • What is the basic research question or problem? (try to state in one sentence)
      • What was the hypothesis, if any?
      • What were the independent and dependent variables in the hypothesis?
  • Was a particular theoretical framework (or sociological theory) used? Which one?
      • Would a different framework/theory yield different findings?
  • What prior research was reviewed? Was the review adequate?
  • Describe the methods used (e.g., population, sample selection, questions/measures, analysis techniques).
      • Were the methods used appropriate? Were they ethical?
  • What were the findings? (try to state in 2-3 sentences)
      • Did the findings confirm or refute the hypothesis, if any?
      • Did they confirm or refute previous research? How so? To what extent?
      • How can the findings be used to understand other populations or problems?
critical thinking
Critical Thinking
  • first, understand the material (before critiquing it)
  • then, examine and evaluate it:
    • don’t just accept what you read at face value
    • look for any underlying assumptions
    • ask yourself, if the findings would be different:
      • with a different theoretical approach? how so?
      • in a different time period or place? how so?
      • with a different methodological approach (e.g., population, sample selection, interview questions, analysis)? explain.
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