The book that established itself as a standard text and reference work for students seeking to master research methods and procedures in psychology has been updated and revised in this new edition! The Second Edition of The Psychology Research Handbook: A Guide for Graduate Students and Research Assistants once again offers a comprehensive guide for understanding and conquering the entire research process. Editors Frederick T. L. Leong and James T. Austin have assembled a distinguished group of expert researchers who share skill sets accumulated as a result of years of practical exposure to the design, development, implementation, and documentation of research in psychology.
Chapter 4: Reviewing and Evaluating a Research Article
Reading a research article is as much an art and science as writing one. In this chapter, we touch on many aspects of the skill of critical reading. Before we begin, though, we hasten to advocate that you read and think about Chapters 23 through 26 in this handbook, too, as you develop your approach to the reading of research. Learning to read about research is so intimately linked with learning to write about it that to us the two seem inseparable. Effective reading and writing are both reflections of comparable critical thinking skills (e.g., Squire, 1983). Both also involve communication, in one case of the “transmitter” variety and, in the other, ...