How To Compose An Article Review Properly
An article review – also called a review article – is not the same thing as a research article. The article review analyzes all the evidence presented in a research article and contains a critical evaluation of the information presented in that article. To write such a review, the student must have a thorough understanding of the topic, the structure of the research article, and the jargon specific to the field. When writing an article review, you take a critical approach and present your qualified opinion of the article being reviewed.
In general, an article review contains six sections:
- A summary – or an abstract – of the article being reviewed.
- An introductory paragraph that provides a summary of the information presented in the research article and states the purpose of its writing.
- A section that presents the methods (or arguments) the author used to conduct the research and lists the hypotheses of the research paper, as well as all of the major conclusions.
- An evaluation of the article in paragraph format. Each point is being discussed in its own paragraph.
- A conclusion section that lists the conclusions drawn by the student from reviewing the research article.
- A section that lists all the literature cited in the review.
There is some basic information that should be included in any kind of critique – not necessarily in this order:
- The name of the author.
- The title of the article.
- The entire bibliographical reference for the review article.
- The thesis of the article being reviewed.
- The conclusions of the article being reviewed.
An article review should ideally have between two and five pages of single-spaced typing.
Research articles and journals vary in style, methodology and subject. However, a review article analyzes the work of another author and should never copy parts of the original paper and make them sound like your own work.