SHS 255-Article Response Paper Guidelines
Due dates:  October 21st and November 9th

Your paper will be word processed, 12 point font, double spaced and grammatically correct.  Please follow the steps and meet the guidelines below.

Step 1:  Think about the various mental disorders and treatment approaches we are covering or with which you are familiar.  Allow your curiosity to lead you to a couple of topics you can search.

Step 2:  Using Academic Search Complete, SocIndex or Proquest Research Library (these are databases available through Seattle Central's library website), search the topics you are curious about. 

Step 3:  Choose two article of interest and be sure the entire article, not just the abstract, is available.  Read the articles and respond to the questions below.  The articles should be from peer reviewed journal articles; you may choose an article from a non-peer reviewed source but points will be deducted based on the quality of the source.

1.  What is the question the writers wanted to answer?
2.  The introduction or literature review tells you about other research on the topic.  Briefly describe the three most important points in this section.  (1-2 pages)
3.  What new information did the researchers share in the article? (1-2 pages)
4.  What do you think about this information?  What questions do you have?  What would be an interesting next step in the research?

Grading criteria






Knowledge/understanding of the article
20 points
Student attempted to discuss, writing demonstrated frequent misunderstanding Student demonstrated partial understanding with some limitations in comprehension Student's discussion  demonstrates understanding of most of concepts in the article Student's discussion demonstrates clear understanding
12 points
Reflection and analysis are limited Reflection and analysis are present, somewhat superficial Reflection and analysis are present and thoughtful Reflection and analysis are present and demonstrate student is thinking beyond information given
Numerous errors that interfere with clarity Frequent errors, writing is understood Some relatively minor errors Practically perfect