A critical evaluation paper is not a summary just describing the study- it must be critical (both positive and negative points)
You need to evaluate content and structure of all the different sections of an article:
Title and Abstract
- Is the title suitable? Too long or too short?
- Is the abstract too long or too short?
- You can refer to APA guidelines which will give you ideas about the ideal abstract and also to the journal’s own information for authors.
- Is the necessary information included?
- Should contain information on the introduction, method, results and discussion
- Is the structure of the introduction from the general to the specific?
- Are key terms defined for the reader?
- Is all the necessary literature reviewed (and recent to the publication date) or is some key literature missing?
- Is there an appropriate justification for the study linking the introduction to the aim?
- Are the aims, hypotheses, research questions clearly stated?
- Are the paragraphs well structured?
- Is the sample adequate?
- Are the materials adequate?
- Is the research process clearly described?
- Is there some vital information missing?
- Is there enough information present for the reader to conduct the study?
- Is the method of analysis appropriate for the research question?
- Are the results well presented?
- Are tables and figures used adequately and labeled correctly?
Critical Evaluation Discussion
- Is the structure of the discussion from the specific to the general?
- Is the aim restated?
- Are main results listed and discussed?
- Is appropriate literature used to discuss results?
- Are there any interesting results (e.g., non-significant ones) which are not properly discussed?
Citations and References
- Is the in-text referencing style adequate?
- Is your paper format Following style required i.e., APA, MLA, Chicago, Harvard, etc.
- Is the reference list adequate?
- Are all the in-text citations listed in the reference section?
- Are there recent references used or are references only older than 5 years?
- This relates to the publication date of your article
The List of References
- Make sure you include your own reference list with your reviewed paper listed along with any other sources you might have used to critique the paper.
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