You will write 1 Journal Article Reviews, which will be based upon your choices from the professional, peer-reviewed journal articles provided. No outside articles will be accepted. The Journal Article Summary must be 3-5 double-spaced pages (not including the title and reference pages) and created in a Microsoft Word document. Use the following guidelines to create your paper:
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1. Provide an APA-style title page: making sure you show the title of the article reviewed (must be 12 words or less), your name, and the institution [Liberty University]. They should be double spaced. You should also have the 6th edition running head in the appropriate place and a page number on every page. Please note that the running head on the cover page is different from the one on the subsequent pages. Cover page is the place that many students tend to make mistakes and get points deducted.
After the cover page, you must divide your paper into sections with the following centered/bolded Level 1 headings: Summary, Reflection, and Application. They should be centered and bolded. Everything should be double spaced. Please do not leave extra space between sections except the Reference section which should start with a new page. If you are not sure about the format, please check the APA manual.
2. Develop a brief (at least 1 full page) summary of the article in your own words. Do not copy and paste from the journal article–this is plagiarism! Simply provide a brief description in your own words of the topic under consideration in the article. If the article describes a research study, include brief statements in your own words about the hypotheses, methods, results, discussion, and implications. Do not provide detailed descriptions of the test measures or statistical methods used, if any. Short quotations from the article are acceptable, but they should not be more than 1 – 2 sentences. Direct quotations from the article should also be properly cited. This section should take up about a third of your Journal Article Review. Do not reference any additional articles in your summary. Do not use any personal pronouns in this section. You can usually find the major points of the article from the abstract, although not always the case. The key is to read the article several times and try to fully understand and grasp the themes of the article. And then use your own words to state the main concepts of the article. After you do that, compare your summary with the author’s abstract and see whether you miss any main points of the article. Of course, you should always check your content with the rubric and see whether you miss anything.
3. About the Reflection Section: In your own words, interact (1 full page) with the article. Appropriate comments for this part of the paper should include, but are not limited to, your initial response to the article; comments (in your own words) regarding the study’s design or methodology (if applicable); insights you gained from reading the article; your reasons for being interested in this particular article; any other readings that you may plan to do based upon having read the article; and other thoughts you have that might further enhance the discussion of your article. Every point on the rubric needs to be covered or points will be deducted, which means your reflection needs to have everything required by the rubric, as I mentioned above. This section should constitute approximately a third of your Journal Article Review. Again, there is no need to reference any other article. First person pronouns can be used in this section.
4. The final Application section is how you would apply (1 page) the information you have learned to a potential and specific counseling case. This could be in a church or clinical session. Develop this section as if you are a pastor or clinician and your parishioner or client has come to you with a problem, needing your help. Be specific on the situation and how you are going to apply what you learned from the article in helping the client or counselee. Give the client name, presenting problems, counseling process, etc. Please do not simply describe a general condition. Points will be deducted if the case is not specific enough. Also, make sure that you apply the main concepts and techniques (if applicable) from the article to the case. First person pronouns can be used in this section.
5. Provide the complete reference citation for the article being summarized on a Reference page in compliance with APA standards. This means you need to be aware of how and when you periods, spacing, italics, use or non-use of issue number, etc. Do not bold the reference title. Do not simply “copy and paste” the reference from an electronic source. The article under review should be the only source you cite and put in the reference. No other article or any other source should be used. Since you are not allowed to use any other source, which means ideas from other source cannot be cited, you cannot use any ideas other than the article or your own. Otherwise it will be considered plagiarism. More specific rules on plagiarism will be posted in a following announcement.
Take note of these most common mistakes I have seen from grading student papers:
*Not using proper spacing (double spacing with a default setting of 0-0 = even spacing throughout your papers)
*Not using the proper 1-inch APA margins
*Not using a 6th edition APA Running head
*Not following the directions carefully.
*Falling short of the one-full page requirement for each section!!!!! You can exceed (but not too much) the page requirement, but not short of it.
*Not using New Times Romans/size 12
*Using personal pronouns in the Summary section. A no-no!
*Using 2nd person pronouns in your paper. A no-no! No you, your, yourself
*Forgetting the reference page
*Use contraction in the text. No contraction should be used in a formal writing.
*Did not proofread—writing errors/APA errors
Pay attention to these instructions and try your best. With God’s help, I know you can do it.