Reading Scientific and Technical Papers
Assignment 4: Contemporary Paper
The purpose of this activity is to analyze a piece of contemporary science as reported in a peer-reviewed scientific research journal using the following summary technique. You will write and rewrite this assignment several times. The final draft is due the first day after Winter Break — Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
- Option 1: Have your mentor suggest a research paper to read.
- Option 2: Select a research paper from Science or Nature in a field that you would like to work in.
- Option 3: Select a research paper from another scientific journal in a field that you would like to work in that is not hidden behind a paywall.
Method for Analyzing a Scientific Paper
Write a series of sentences, appropriately grouped into paragraphs, that address the following questions in this exact order …
- What objects were studied? (Objects exist in space and time. Concepts or relationships are not objects.)
- What records were made of these of objects? (What devices were used to observe the objects?)
- What facts were extracted from the records? (How were the records turned into data?)
- What transformations were the facts put through? (How were the data transformed into "better" data that were more useful or meaningful?)
- What results were obtained from the data? (In what form was the transformed data represented — tables, charts, graphs, cartoons, etc?)
- What interpretations, explanations, generalizations were made from the results? (What does the transformed data show?)
- What knowledge claims is the author making? (What new knowledge has the author discovered or generated?)
- What value claims did the author make or did the author's discovery acquire? (Why is this paper important?)
When you submit the analysis for grading, please observe the following conventions …
- Use one inch margins on all four sides.
- Use only 12 point business fonts for body text.
- Double-space body text paragraphs. Indent the first line of or add a space before each paragraph.
- Type the bibliographic information for the paper at the top in APA format. Include the DOI. (These lines can be single spaced.)
- Limit the analysis to one page. If you need more than one page, then you are probably not doing this assignment correctly.
- Provide an electronic or hard copy of the paper to your supervising teacher according to his/her preference.
- Don't forget to include your name somewhere on the assignment.
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