Journal Article Assignment (60 points)



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Journal Article Assignment (60 points)

PDF version of article and chart submitted through Brightspace

Course Objectives (#’s 1, 2, 3, 5, 7)

Please consult the “Article parts” document for a more specific overview of each article section.  Video demonstrations are provided on page 3 of this document.

Document Sections:

·       The Task

·       Accessing Articles

·       Getting to the Databases

·       Article Types and Selection

·       Article Parts

·       Creating a Chart Structure

·       The Grading Rubric

·       Standard Deductions

·       Submitting Your Work Through the Drop Box

·       A Few Other Notes

The Task:

Students are to obtain a whole journal article (instead of just the abstract) from a psychology journal (i.e., not a magazine or newspaper!) to use for chart content creation. 

·       You may select an article with any Psychology topic, as long as you choose an article in which researchers actually conducted a study, and not simply a review (called a “literary” article: example) of other research, a “case study” (research with very few subjects), or an article written by a third party summarizing the research (such as a newspaper or magazine article). Therefore, you should see headings (such as Participants, Measures, Results, and Discussion) in your article, or do not use that article! See the “Choosing Articles” link below to see examples.

·       After you obtain an article in which the researchers conducted an experiment, you are going to highlight sections of the article (you can do this task with the PDF version of the article and highlight/right-click).  Then, you will use your highlighted content to help you identify information that you will use to populate the columns in the chart.  Make sure to frame your writing so that your classmates may understand it (like the explanation/translation you have completed in prior stages).

·       After completing the chart sections, you will upload your chart and the article that you used (each in PDF format).  Further directions are provided below.

o   For Mac and Google Chrome users, make sure that you understand how to create and send PDF’s with your devices.

Getting started with your research assignment: Getting Started

Accessing Articles:

You have access to thousands of articles through the CCBC Databases (and you paid for this access already with your Technology fee). 

1.     I will ask you to restrict your searching to CCBC Databases.  Make certain that you are extra careful to acquire the PDF version of the article.

2.     You will need access to the whole article (not just the abstract).

3.     There is not an article length requirement, but you cannot use articles called “brief reports”. 

Getting to the Databases:

·       Go to the CCBC web page.

o   Click on “Library” at the top of the page.

§  Select “Article & Research Databases”. (By the way, the ‘Citing Sources” link will take you to a page where you can see APA 7 formatting documents.)

·       On the left side of the page, under “Databases by Subject, select “Psychology & Social Science”.

o   You will see a shaded block with the words “Best Bets!”.  The PsychArticles link will take you to EBSCOhost, and the Psychology Journals link will take you to ProQuest.  The third link (Social Science Database) takes the user to articles including other social sciences (instead of psychology only), and I would not recommend it because it broadens your search instead of narrows.

Article Types & Selection: 

There are, basically, three categories of articles: Experiment-based (use this type), Literary (do not use), and Case Study (do not use) articles.

Selecting research articles: Choosing Articles

There are even a few different types of experimental/research articles. 

·       A “basic” (my own word) article is pretty straightforward and uses people as subjects and tests are given. (Imagine that you did an experiment with your classmates as participants.  You gave them a test(s) and then wrote up results in an article.)

·       A “meta-analysis” article takes earlier articles and combines all the content into one giant study.  The findings are powerful, but the articles can be very difficult. (Imagine that your classmates did their own individual study, and then you took all of their work and tried to combine it into one huge study.)

·       A “secondary data analysis” article includes data gathered by someone other than the author.  There might be notations directing you back to the original research to learn about the methods or results. (Imagine that you were going to examine research that was conducted by one of your classmates.  You didn’t collect data, but you did use it.)

·       An “article study” occurs when an author studies experimental articles instead of people.  (Imagine that you are going to evaluate studies that have been conducted for something like gender-neutral language.  Each study would be a “participant”.) I don’t recommend using article studies but I won’t prohibit you from trying.

·       Literary articles are more like a written paper only.  The authors read other studies and may contribute their own ideas, but there is not an actual study occurring as described in the article.  DO NOT USE THIS TYPE.

·       Case studies are types of research where a really small group of people are used.  A definite “tip” is when the subjects are referred to by name.  DO NOT USE THIS TYPE primarily because single-subject or small-group studies do not always fit well into the chart.

Article Parts (see the document by that title in the assignment link):

Video Demonstration: Highlighting Each Section (Using the Bohnert, Crnic and Lim article) – Article Preview

Reference- Article Reference

Rationale- Rationale Section

Subjects/Participants- Subjects/Participants

Tests/Measures- Tests/Measures

Results- Results Section

Discussion- Discussion Section

Creating a Chart Structure:

·       I have found that the simplest way to create a chart is to insert a table into a document. 

·       How to create a table for the journal chart: Creating a Chart Table

·       In short, you should create columns for Reference, Rationale/Prior Research, Participants, Tests/Measures, Results, and Discussion/Conclusions.

·       There is a blank chart template next to the directions for your convenience.

·       You can modify the chart to your needs.  One simple way to do this is to take the cursor over the line separating two columns.  You can drag for column width.

The Grading Rubric: 

If you want to understand how I will evaluate your work, view the rubric.  Use the rubric as a self-evaluation guide.


·       If your topic is not relevant to psychology, then you will not receive any credit!

·       Do not use “literary” articles or case studies (see descriptions) for this assignment.  If you do, then your work will not be worth more than 15 points total.  

·       Charts received without the PDF version of the article used will receive an 18-point deduction.  If you don’t include an article, and I am not able to find it after searching CCBC databases (ProQuest and EbscoHost), then you will receive a 36-point deduction. (Links are not sufficient replacements for a copy of the article)

·       If your selected article is not highlighted sufficiently, then you will receive a 6-point deduction.  “Sufficiently” means that the highlighted content connects reasonably to the charted content. This deduction only applies to those people who attached the article.

·       You should send both documents in the single attempt.  If not, then your work will receive a 6-point deduction.

·       If you combine the chart and article into one document, then your work will receive a 5-point deduction.

·       If the documents are not sent in PDF format, then a three-point deduction will occur per document.

·       Your CCBC ID# should be part of the title for your chart.  For example, the title should be phrased something like ID123456789_StageIVchart.pdf.  If not, then it’s a 5-point deduction.

·       If more than 30% of your written work (not including the reference) is quoted, then points will be deducted from your total.  A specific number will be determined based on percentage excess, but the minimum number will be 18 points.

·       Failure to quote properly will likely result in a grade of “0” on the paper.  Egregious plagiarism will result in an academic accusation of plagiarism, Office of Judicial Affairs.

Submitting your work through the Assignment Link:

When it comes time to submit your work, you will need to go to the Article Stage link (in the left menu). 

·       Select Article Assignment

·       Click on the wording of the assignment (which is a link), and you will see details (date due, point value, etc.) of the assignment.  The rubric link is located on this page.

·       Look for the link to “Browse My Computer” button and click on it to find your paper. 

·       When you “open” the document, you will see that it is listed as an attachment. 

·       Go back to “Browse” again, and then find the copy of the article that you saved to your device. 

·       Before you click on the “Submit” button, make sure that you see the two items (chart and article) listed.

·       After submitting your work, make certain that you can see both documents by going through the submission process again.  You should see something like “Attempt 1” and then see what you sent. 

There are several file formats that cannot be seen, so be sure to use PDF!  (For you Mac and Chromebook users, be extra careful.)

A few other notes:

·       There are no re-do’s of this assignment after the due date.  If you get a poor score, then you are stuck with that score.

·       You can, however, submit rough drafts before the due date and then use that information to create a better version of your work before the deadline.

·       If you need help finding articles, I’ll be glad to help or you can go to the CCBC Library and get help from a Librarian (they are experts at finding information).  Make sure to take a copy of these directions with you.

·       Make sure to view your submission to evaluate if your documents were visible.

·       Some students believe that their chart can only occupy one page.  That is not accurate.  Use as much space as necessary to do a complete job.

·       The #1 reason why students struggle with this assignment is a failure to read/follow the directions.


Grimes, J. W. (date). Getting started with your research assignment. YouTube. Retrieved from

Grimes, J. W. (date). How to create a table for your journal chart. YouTube. Retrieved from

Grimes, J. W. (Date). Selecting research articles. YouTube. Retrieved from

Grimes, J. W. (date). Using the CCBC database to search for articles. YouTube. Retrieved from

Maylish, D., & Taylor, P. (date). The problems and pitfalls of plagiarism. YouTube. Retrieved from

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