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PSYC 621

Journal article Summary Assignment Instructions


As graduate students, it is an important skill to be able to read and understand original research. This assignment will help you learn to identify and explain sections of a journal article. This assignment is also important as precursory work for your research paper where you will be required to read and utilize journal article references.


You will be completing a
Journal Article Summary related to the topic of childhood resilience. Resilience is the ability to positively adapt to change or recover from negative experiences (McCartney & Phillips, 2006). For this assignment, you will choose an article to review related to the topic of childhood resilience. The article you select must be a peer-reviewed journal article as well as a primary source, meaning that the authors are discussing their own research, not others’ research (e.g., review articles or meta-analysis). If you use an article that does not meet these criteria, you will not receive credit for this assignment. The Jerry Falwell Library, which is linked in the
Resources section, is a reliable place to conduct your search for journal article references. Some of the databases have the option to select “peer-reviewed” sources; selecting this option will help you eliminate non-scholarly sources from your search results. You do not need to pay for articles. Articles that ask you to pay for access can generally be accessed through the Jerry Falwell Library without requiring payment.

After you’ve reviewed the article, you will complete the 6 questions on the
Journal Article Summary Template based on the information from the article. See the example below for detailed explanation of the required material for each question on the
Journal Article Summary Template. Submit the completed form and the PDF form of the article being reviewed. All material must be in current APA format. Be sure to review the criteria on the
Journal Article Summary Grading Rubric before beginning this assignment.

Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool.

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