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Instructions: 3 page AMA format (cite all sources in the body of the paper)

Complete an article critique on the article Parkinsonism and occupational exposure to pesticides.

Link to article— https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1740189/?tool=pmcentrez

Your critique should include the following elements:

· Introduction: Include the title and author of the article, statement of the problem discussed, purpose, and hypothesis.

· Research Methods: What approach or methods were used in this study? Are they appropriate for the purposes of the study?

· Key results: Clearly and succinctly summarize the key results of the study.

· Statistical Significance: What is the statistical significance of this study? Are the statistical methods appropriate?

For more information on statistical significance please review these resources:

1. Statistical Significance: Definition, Levels & Critical Regions – http://study.com/academy/lesson/statistical-significance-definition-levels-critical-regions.html

1. Tests of Significance –  https://www.learner.org/courses/againstallodds/unitpages/unit25.html  

· Sources of bias: Was the author objective in the discussion of the topic? Identify and discuss any sources of bias in the study.


Rubric Detail-Please ensure rubric guidelines are applied


  Excellent Good
Introduction Points Range:.8 (10%) – .8 (10%) Points Range:.64 (8%) – .79 (9.9%)

States the title, author, problem discussed, purpose, and hypothesis of the article

Research Methods Points Range:1.6 (20%) – 1.6 (20%) Points Range:1.28 (16%) – 1.58 (19.8%)

Identifies the research methods used in the study and discussed if they were appropriate

Key Results Points Range:1.6 (20%) – 1.6 (20%) Points Range:1.28 (16%) – 1.58 (19.8%)

Clearly and succinctly summarizes the key results of the study

Statistical Significance Points Range:1.6 (20%) – 1.6 (20%) Points Range:1.28 (16%) – 1.58 (19.8%)

Discusses the statistical significance of the study and if the statistical methods were appropriate

Sources of Bias Points Range:2 (25%) – 2 (25%) Points Range:1.6 (20%) – 1.98 (24.75%)

Identifies any sources of bias in the study and discusses if the author was objective in the discussion of the topic

Writing Mechanics Points Range:.4 (5%) – .4 (5%) Points Range:.32 (4%) – .4 (4.95%)

Paper is organized in the required format and contains no grammatical errors


Bottom of Form

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.

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