1.What are the authors’ main research question(s) (what is the paper about?
2.What theory/theories has/have been tested? Briefly describe the theory/theories; make sure you identify and define the main concepts of the theory/theories tested in the study. Indicate who formulated the theory and when; proper references should be included in the list of references.
3.Give details regarding the methodology used to test empirically a particular theory, such as sample selection, type of sample, date of data collection, main variables used in the analysis, appropriateness of measures, and statistical procedures used to analyze the data.
4.Identify the main research findings and indicate if the theory/theories is/are supported by empirical evidence.How do these results compared to those obtained in other studies that examined similar issues? [Are results consistent with other studies or not?]Note:your answers at #4 questions representthe most important part of your reviewand you should provide sufficient details, so a person not familiar with the study would be able to understand not only what the paper is about, but also what the researchers found]
5.Do you find the authors’ arguments persuasive (did the arguments fit the evidence)? Why or why not?
6.Can you think of any counterarguments that would contradict/weaken the authors’ main argument? You may refer to other readings covered in this class or in other classes.
7.What were the main limitations of the study? [usually, authors discuss the study limitations in the final section of their paper]
8.What did the article add to your knowledge of the subject?Did you enjoy the reading? Why or why not?
9.In your opinion, what was the main contribution of this article to the literature on crime and deviance?
10.What are the implications for criminal justice policy that can be derived from this article?