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CMN 457 - Introduction to Language and Social Interaction (UNH Manchester): Annotation Assignment Resources

Identifying Original Research

An article is considered original research if...

  • it is the report of a study written by the researchers who actually did the study.
  • the researchers describe their hypothesis or research question and the purpose of the study.
  • the researchers detail their research methods.
  • the results of the research are reported.
  • the researchers interpret their results and discuss possible implications.

This interactive webpage from NCSU libraries illustrates the various segments of a research article.


Original research is not...

  • a review article.
  • press release.
  • news article.


Annotation Assignment

This assignment requires you to create an annotation for one academic research article about relational communication. I will assign three possible articles from which you can choose. Your annotation will summarize, evaluate, and reflect upon the article, and it should also include a full citation using APA format.

In your summary, please make sure to include:

  1. topic and importance of the topic
  2. research question/s (don’t include hypotheses)
  3. sample and method of sample selection
  4. how the data was analyzed
  5. the results of the study
  6. conclusions of the study

In your evaluation, please make sure to critically assess the study. Do you think this is a good study? Why or why not? You should include the limitations of the study.

In the reflection section, please offer your own thoughts about the article. Would this research be helpful or not for someone studying this topic? DO NOT REPEAT COMMENTS FROM THE EVALUATION SECTION.

Your annotation must be one single-spaced page in length with the citation at the top. I will stop reading after one page. You should also have a cover page.

Please use Times New Roman 12-point font and 1” margins and submit the assignment on Canvas. We will discuss the details of the assignment in class.