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TERM PAPER ASSIGNMENT ASSIGNMENT #2 : (5PTS) To critically analyze one of your accepted references. DUE VIA EMAIL BY OCTOBER 6 th AT MIDNIGHT. 1. SELECT: Choose one of the scientific articles that were confirmed by your TA in assignment #1. This analysis should be about one and one-half to two double-spaced pages in length. Please begin by identifying the controversy being explored . Also include the complete reference citation for the article being analyzed. Your analysis should explain briefly how this study was conducted and what was observed. Most importantly, it also should evaluate the soundness of the authors' conclusions. Your analysis should point out weaknesses in the study design, which suggest alternative explanations of the authors' observations; you should briefly discuss those alternatives. This analysis also should highlight aspects of the methods used to conduct the study that limit alternative explanations and add strength to the authors' claims. 2. ASSISTANCE: There will be five (5) evening presentations to assist students not enrolled in NS 1160 with how to critically analyze a scientific article and how to write a critical term paper. These will be offered on September 21, 22, 23, 27 and 28 starting at 7:15pm in Savage Hall room 100. At these evening presentations you will be given guidance on how to analyze a scientific article, explicit instructions on the grading rubric for assignment #2, as well as many helpful hints. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you attend one of these! 3. REQUIRMENTS OF ASSIGNMENT #2: In brief, the critical analysis of your selected original scientific article should contain the following components: 1. The purpose of the study 2. Description of the methods used to conduct the study. 3. A summary of the results/findings that were reported. 4. The author’s conclusions. 5. One weakness of the study and a reason as to why or how this weakness causes one to be skeptical of the author’s conclusions. 6. One strength of the study and a reason as to why or how this strength causes one to have confidence in the author’s conclusions. 7. A clear statement that indicates which side of the controversy this article supports followed by a statement that justifies this decision. 8. Title of your controversy at the top of the page. 9. Reference citation of the article analyzed.
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PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism on any of the assignments connected to completion of the term paper is considered a violation of Cornell University’s Code of Academic Integrity. Plagiarism is defined as taking the thoughts or writings of others and using them as your
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