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In this video, James from EssayPro explains how to write an article review from start to finish.

In the beginning, James states an article review is a critical, constructive evaluation of literature in a particular field through summary, classification, analysis, and comparison. If it is a scientific review article that uses database searches to portray the research.

The article review is broken down into 5 core parts: Summarization, classification, analysis, critiques, and comparison. These core parts require one to use theories, ideas, and research, relevant to the subject area of the article.

Afterward, James mentions that there are different types of article reviews.

First of all, there is the journal article review which will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of an article.

Next, there is the research article review which differs from a journal article review by the way that it evaluates the research methods used and holds that information in retrospect to analysis and critique.

Lastly, there is the scientific article review which involves anything in the realm of science. Often, scientific articles include more information on the background that you can use to analyze the article in a more comprehensive way.

Afterwards, James explains the importance of properly formatting an article review. The steps involved in this process are:

1. Pre-title page: here, you will want to list the type of the article that you are reviewing, the title of the article, all the authors who contributed to the article, authors affiliations (position, department, institute, city, state, country, email ID)

2. Optional corresponding author details: name, address, phone number, email, and fax number.

3. Running head: This is only in APA format. It is the title of your paper shortened to less than 40 characters.

4. Summary page: This can be optional, depending on what your instructor assigns. The summary should be a maximum of 800 words long. Use simple and non-technical language. Do not repeat text verbatim or give references in this section.

5. Title page: which will contain your title (obviously)

6. An Introduction

7. The Body: Include headings and subheadings

8. A Works Cited/or References page

9. Possibly followed by Tables and Figure legends (if instructed by the professor)

After finishing your rough draft, make sure to do these last 3 steps:

1. Summarize the Article
Make a summary of the article by revisiting what the author has written about. Note relevant facts and findings of the article. Include the author’s conclusions in this section.

2. Critique the Article
Present the strengths and weaknesses that you have found in the article. In addition, highlight the knowledge that the author has contributed in the field. Also, write about the gaps and contradictions in the article. Take a standpoint of either supporting or not with the author’s assertions but support your arguments with facts and relevant theories that are pertinent to the area of knowledge. Rubrics and templates can also be used to evaluate and grade the person reviewing the article.

3. Crafting a Conclusion
In this section, revisit the key points of your piece, your findings of the article, and your critique. Also write about the accuracy, validity, and relevance of the results of the article review. Give the way forward for future research in the field of study.

Lastly, re-read your piece a day after you finished writing it. This will help you spot grammar mistakes and see any flaws in the organization so you aren’t having to make tons of revisions due to small errors.
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