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Evaluating Peer-Reviewed Articles
For an upcoming assignment in this class, you'll need to identify, read, analyze and review one scholarly (peer-reviewed) article on some aspect of ancient Greek history. For today's exercise, each table will choose one of the following articles:
- ANDERSON, GREG. "THE PERSONALITY OF THE GREEK STATE." The Journal of Hellenic Studies 129 (2009): 1-22. http://www.jstor.org/stable/20789887.
- Nelson, Max. "DID ANCIENT GREEKS DRINK BEER?" Phoenix 68, no. 1/2 (2014): 27-46. doi:10.7834/phoenix.68.1-2.0027.
- MITCHELL, LYNETTE G. "THE WOMEN OF RULING FAMILIES IN ARCHAIC AND CLASSICAL GREECE." The Classical Quarterly 62, no. 1 (2012): 1-21. http://www.jstor.org/stable/41819992.
- O'SULLIVAN, LARA. "PLAYING BALL IN GREEK ANTIQUITY." Greece & Rome 59, no. 1 (2012): 17-33. http://www.jstor.org/stable/23275153.
- VLASSOPOULOS, KOSTAS. "GREEK SLAVERY: FROM DOMINATION TO PROPERTY AND BACK AGAIN." The Journal of Hellenic Studies 131 (2011): 115-30. http://www.jstor.org/stable/41722136.
- Lanni, Adriaan. "The Expressive Effect of the Athenian Prostitution Laws." Classical Antiquity 29, no. 1 (2010): 45-67. doi:10.1525/ca.2010.29.1.45.
- DODSON-ROBINSON, ERIC. "HELEN'S "JUDGMENT OF PARIS" AND GREEK MARRIAGE RITUAL IN SAPPHO 16." Arethusa 43, no. 1 (2010): 1-20. http://www.jstor.org/stable/44578316.
- Epstein, Shimon. "ATTIC PUBLIC CONSTRUCTION: WHO WERE THE BUILDERS?" Ancient Society 40 (2010): 1-14. http://www.jstor.org/stable/44079930.
- Klinck, Anne L. "Sappho's Company of Friends." Hermes 136, no. 1 (2008): 15-29. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40379149.
At each table, read and discuss the chosen article, concentrating on these key elements:
- Abstract (if available)
- First paragraph (sometimes the second paragraph, too): What does the author want to find out? What is the research question the author is asking?
- Evidence: What are the primary sources the author uses?
- Scholarly conversation: What are the other scholarly works (secondary sources) the author uses?
- Conclusion (typically the last paragraph): How does the author tie the evidence together to answer the research question? What is the significance of this research?
Fill out the supplied worksheet on reviewing journal articles as a table and be prepared to discuss the process as a class.
Below is a mind map of research articles which illustrates the parts of an article, how the parts are related, and what questions you'll want to ask about each section. You can click on the image for a larger version.
Reading a Scholarly Article
For more information on reading for content, argument, analysis, and evaluation, consider these guides as well:
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