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Article #1

Please read the article closely, answer the following questions (save your answers in a Word document and the copy and paste them here):

  1. Provide the full reference to this article using this format: Author 1 Last Name, First name initials; Author 2 Last Name, First name initials, (Year of publication). Article title. Journal name in italics Volume#(Issue#): start_page:end_page.
    Example:
    Shendelman S, Jonason A, Martinat C, Leete T and Abeliovich A. 2004. DJ-1 is a redox-dependent molecular chaperone that inhibits alpha-synuclein aggregate formation. Plos Biology 2(11): 1764-1773.
  2. Is this article primary or secondary literature? If secondary literature, is it a meta-analysis? See: how to distinguish primary vs secondary literature.
  3. What was the goal of the authors (what was their motivation to write this paper)? Don’t use quotes, you need to summarize the findings using your own words.
  4. What is the thesis of the article? Don’t use quotes, you need to summarize the findings using your own words.
  5. A) Point to 3 examples of evidence that authors use to support their thesis and B) explain how it connects to the authors’ thesis. Don’t use quotes, you need to summarize the findings using your own words.
  6. A) Point to one caveat the authors present that may challenge their thesis. B) Explain how this factor connects to the authors thesis. Don’t use quotes, you need to summarize the findings using your own words.

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Please read the article closely, answer the following questions (save your answers in a Word document and the copy and paste them here):

  1. Provide the full reference to this article using this format: Author 1 Last Name, First name initials; Author 2 Last Name, First name initials, (Year of publication). Article title. Journal name in italics Volume#(Issue#): start_page:end_page.
    Example:
    Shendelman S, Jonason A, Martinat C, Leete T and Abeliovich A. 2004. DJ-1 is a redox-dependent molecular chaperone that inhibits alpha-synuclein aggregate formation. Plos Biology 2(11): 1764-1773.
  2. Is this article primary or secondary literature? If secondary literature, is it a meta-analysis? See: how to distinguish primary vs secondary literature.
  3. What is the motivation for the study – what is the broad problem in the field that the study helps to address? Don’t use quotes, you need to summarize the findings using your own words.
  4. What is the specific hypothesis being tested? Don’t use quotes, you need to summarize the findings using your own words.
  5. What is the experimental approach to testing the hypothesis?  What was measured? Don’t use quotes, you need to summarize the findings using your own words.
  6. What were the important quantitative results? Don’t use quotes, you need to summarize the findings using your own words.
  7. Explain whether the results support or contradict the hypothesis. Don’t use quotes, you need to summarize the findings using your own words.
  8. What do the results mean in terms of the broader issues that motivated the study? Don’t use quotes, you need to summarize the findings using your own words.