Other's On-Line Resources (Chapter 1)

 

Article Format
  • Description:
    This on-line resource contains a 15-slide PowerPoint presentation created at Stanford University. It gives an overview of (1) the organization of research papers and (2) an indication of the kind of information typically found within the different parts of a research article.

  • What to Do:
    1. Click on the colored title of this on-line resource,"Article format."
    2. A pop-up window (titled "Opening week1a.ppt") will appear on your screen. The existing selection will probably be: "Open with Microsoft Powerpoint (default)." Click "OK."
    3. Scroll through the 15 slides.
    4. Compare the organizational scheme discussed in this on-line resource with the one presented in Chapter 1.
       
Improving Abstracts
  • Description:
    By visiting this on-line resource, you'll encounter a research article entitled: "Can the Accuracy of Abstracts Be Improved by Providing Specific Instructions?" This is the report of a formal randomized experiment in which real manuscripts submitted to a journal were returned to their authors either with or without a set of tips for improving the abstract.

  • What to Do:
    1. Click on the colored title of this on-line resource,"Improving Abstracts."
    2. Read the text of the short article, thus familiarizing yourself with (1) how the experiment was carried out and (2) what was discovered.
    3. Be sure to click on the colored word "Figure" (in the "Results" section) and the colored word "Table" (in the "Comments" section) so as to see these data-summarizin devices.
       
Questions to Ask
  • Description:
    This on-line resource contains just a chart . . . but it's worth examining. The chart breaks down the typical article into 4 sections: Introduction, Method, Results, and Discussion. Within the chart, you'll find various questions you ought to keep in mind as you read through any research report.

  • What to Do:
    1. Click on the colored title of this on-line resource,"Questions to Ask."
    2. Consider the questions on each row of the chart.
    3. Make a pledge to return to this chart at least a couple of times as you read additional chapters of the text.

 

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