A research paper describes original research that has been conducted in the study (i.e., the researchers are publishing their findings for the first time). For this project, you will be critiquing the following original research article.
Dahn, J. R., Fitzpatrick, S. L., Llabre, M. M., Apterbach, G. S., Helms, R. L., Cugnetto, M. L., . . . Lawler, T. (2011). Weight Management for Veterans: Examining Change in Weight Before and After MOVE! Obesity, 19(5), 977–981. doi:10.1038/oby.2010.273
A good paper would start off with an brief introduction of the article (do not copy the abstract). Describe the research question, importance of the question, and a brief background of the problem. Then describe how the researchers attempted to answer their questions (i.e., methodology, population studied, and unique features of the study). Additionally, describe the research findings. Then critique the article with the following questions.
- Do you have confidence in the researchers’ findings (i.e., were there critical flaws in the study design, questions of confounds that might have occurred in the study)?
- Does the study generalize to other people that were not the subject of the research (e.g., college student study generalizing to everyone, study in the US applying to other cultures)?
- What does the study mean in the big picture and how does it apply to society in general (i.e., how does it impact society in general)?
- How might you redo the study if you were to conduct it?