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Is this a "humanities" article (these are what you want)?

Steps to evaluate your article. 

For your papers, you will be locating articles written for the humanities.  Scholarly articles written for the humanities apply a theory to a piece of literature, comic strip, film, TV episode, etc.

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Which Type did I find? Humanities (Use these types of articles) Place a checkmark here for Humanities  Social science / Science (move on if your article follows this format).  Place a checkmark here if social science/science 

 Abstract - Read me twice

Context Clues: Does the article mention: rhetoric, discourse, framework, cultural, argue, analysis, text (could be a novel, film, book, comic)  

Context Clues: Does the article mentions, Number of participants, used words such as "this study," "the data suggests," "a survey was given," etc.



Format of the full text of the article

The following sections are generally included in humanities scholarly articles, although not always and might not be clearly marked. 

Works cited - references often in MLA or Chicago format



Article generally follows what is know as the (ImRAD) format; used in social science/science articles 

References - often in APA format


Still unsure? Look for the research question.


The author is creating new knowledge by applying a theory to a text, film, piece of art, etc.

In humanities articles there is a thesis statement; this is normally located in the introduction. Often it may be more than one single sentence.


Clearly stated hypothesis. Research question involves a survey, observation, test, measurement.


Examples for your reference

One example of an "article type" TO USE for your analysis

Cultural Consumption and Rejection of Precious Jones: Pushing Disability into the Discussion of Sapphire's Push and Lee Daniel's Precious 


Example of an Article NOT useful for this assignment:

Attitudes in Context: Media Effects of Salient Contextual Information on Recipients' Attitudes Toward Persons with Disabilities

Who to ask for help? Reach out to your instructor OR ask a librarian if you have located a humanities article.   Reach out to your instructor OR ask a librarian if you have located a humanities article.