Journal Article Review – Homeland Security

Select a scholarly journal article (no older than 2015) relevant to the course regarding Homeland Security or Homeland Defense. You will conduct an article review of that scholarly journal article. It must be related to the course or course materials but should not be one of the provided course readings. The intent is for students to do some external research away from the provided references and find an article in the AMU/APUS Library. Students should search the library’s online databases, such as ProQuest, EbscoHost, and others, to find scholarly or peer-reviewed articles. Web address, blogs, news sites are not scholarly.

Additionally, the review of the journal article is an evaluation of the article’s strengths, weaknesses, and validity. It is used to inform of the article’s value through your explanation, interpretation, and analysis. As you do this, ask the major questions that are central to the review process:

  1. What is the purpose of this article?
  2. Why is it important to investigate or examine the subject of the article?
  3. How are the authors carrying out the task? Are their methods and comments appropriate and adequate to the task?
  4. What do they claim to have found out? Are the findings clearly stated?
  5. How does this advance knowledge in the field?

Hint: These would make really good section titles for your paper.

Your work should consist of:

  • Introduction (this will have a well-defined purpose statement in your intro paragraph that provides guidance to the reader about what you are going to cover in your paper)
  • Body (feel free to use sub-section headings as needed)
  • Conclusion (this wraps up the key points of your work and brings your paper to a logical conclusion)

Technical Requirements

  • Your paper must be at a minimum of 5 pages (the Title and Reference pages do not count towards the minimum limit).
  • A peer reviewed journal article should be used.
  • Other references may be used, but only to support the review of the primary journal article.
  • Type in Times New Roman, 12 point and double space.
  • Students will follow the current APA Style as the sole citation and reference style used in written work submitted as part of coursework.
  • Points will be deducted for the use of Wikipedia or encyclopedic type sources. It is highly advised to utilize books, peer-reviewed journals, articles, archived documents, etc.
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