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Alternate Research Assignment
To complete the alternate research assignment, you will (1) find an empirical research article about something in communication, (2) read it, (3) summarize it, and (4) critique it in a 800-1000 word report (about 2 pages). For every article critique you hand in, you will earn 15 points. To earn the entire 30 points of research participation credit using this method, you will have to critique 2 different articles in 2 separate reports.
The point of this assignment is to get you to read and evaluate communication research. While you are not expected to have a deep understanding of research methods, you should be able to read the author’s argument (particularly in the literature review and discussion sections) and critique it based on common sense and logic.
To find a(n) article(s) to critique, you can use the MSU Library website (lib.msu.edu opens in new window) or Google Scholar opens in new window to type in some communication terms you are interested in