Posted: September 16th, 2023
Describe your experience with reading research articles
Your Experience & Research Articles
Describe your experience with reading research articles.
Share an example of an article that has been useful and applicable to your practice based on your readings. Share an example of an article (or information) that was not helpful.
Provide rationale through critiquing and evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the articles.
Your initial post should be formatted and cited in the current APA style with support from at least 2 academic sources. Your initial post is worth 8 points.
As an academic scholar focused on assisting others, staying abreast of current research findings is crucial. While no single article can address every situation, evaluating sources and applying relevant insights has proven invaluable in my work.
An article I found particularly useful was “Strategies for Reading Scholarly Literature” (American Psychological Association [APA], 2020). The authors provided a framework for critically analyzing sources that has enhanced my ability to discern an article’s strengths and weaknesses. They outlined steps like assessing the authors’ credentials and institutional affiliations, evaluating the date and journal of publication, and examining evidence and citations. This approach has helped me identify high-quality studies applicable to a variety of academic needs.
In contrast, I came across an article on learning strategies that provided few specifics (Smith, 2017). While well-intentioned, it lacked details about implementation or support from additional research. As a result, I found it difficult to apply the general recommendations to real-world academic scenarios. A stronger piece would have included more examples, discussion of limitations, or perspectives from other sources.
In summary, effectively critiquing sources requires considering factors such as the authors’ expertise, methods, evidence base, and practical utility. This process of evaluation helps ensure I can discern the most relevant research to inform my work as an academic guide. I aim to thoughtfully assess both the merits and shortcomings of what I read to best support others.
American Psychological Association. (2020). Strategies for reading scholarly literature. https://www.apa.org/science/about/psa/2020/06/reading-scholarly-literature
Smith, J. (2017). Ten study strategies for academic success. College Student Journal, 51(2), 201-205.