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The Americas: What Kind of Article Is It?

What Kind of Article Is It?


You will be asked to pick a number from 1 to 3. Next, locate the articles below (using the citations and the UTEP Library online catalog, or follow the links), and analyze them (using the suggested clues in the chart provided. Afterwards, decide what kind of document is it, and why (popular, scholarly, or trade)? Describe their anatomy.


Batch 1: Popular, Scholarly, or Trade Article?

a) James, D. (2016). How to keep goat herds healthy. Farmers Weekly, (1102), 1. 

b) Study suggests that when a goat looks into your eyes, it's got an agenda — just like A dog! : Goats and soda : NPR. Retrieved from

c) Nawroth, C., Brett, J. M., & McElligott, A. G. (2016). Goats display audience-dependent human-directed gazing behaviour in a problem-solving task. Biology Letters, 12(7), 20160283-20160283. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2016.0283 Retrieved from: 

Document Diagnosis Clues Checklist




Does it have an author?


Does it include the author’s credentials?


Are author’s opinion/s based on emotion?


Does it include a research method?


Does it mention participants, a sample, or subjects?


Does it have specialized / technical vocabulary?


Is it a short article?


Does it cite sources?


Document Inquiry Chart

Document Type








Batch 2: What kind of article is it: expository, persuasive, analytical, or argumentative?

Instructions: Look through these short online articles. What are some important characteristics of each type of article/essay? What are some differences? What are some similarities?

College Lectures

I’m Nobody! Who Are You?

Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize

Colored Pencils

Batch 3: Literature Review, Book Review, or Literary Criticism?


A. Question: What is the difference between a literature review and a book review and literary criticism?

Literature Review

Book Review

Literary Criticism

Things to consider:

What does it criticize?

  • Content, style, merit?
  • Literary elements?
  • Literary technique?
  • Sociopolitical view?
  • Impact (emotional, ect.)

What does it persuade you to do?:

  • Buy or not buy?
  • Read, not read?
  • Consider an argument with evidence from texts?

What does it try to answer?

  • A gap in knowledge?
  • How something fits into the literature?
  • Whether something is “good” or “bad”?

Arguments are based on:

  • Evidence?
  • Opinion?

Who is the audience?

  • Academics?
  • Non-academics?

Who is the author?

  • Is there an author?
  • Credentials?

Literature review, book review or literary criticism?

Instructions: Look up these titles and classify them as one thing. What are some of the characteristics which made you decide?


1. Clemans, J. "Irresistible Impulses: Edgar Allan Poe And The Insanity Defense." American Literature 63.4 (1991): 623. Academic Search Complete. Web. 15 June 2016.

Publication Type:_____________________________________



2. Renner, Karen J. "Evil Children In Film And Literature, Part II: Notes Towards A Taxonomy [Special Issue]." Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory 22.3 (2011): 177-196. MLA International Bibliography. Web. 15 June 2016.

Publication Type:_____________________________________



3. Jarvis, C. (2014). The Twilight of Feminism? Stephenie Meyer's Saga and the Contradictions of Contemporary Girlhood. Children's Literature In Education, 45(2), 101-115.

Publication Type:_____________________________________



4. Hayes-smith, R. (2011). Gender norms in the "twilight" series. Contexts, 10(2), 78-79. Retrieved from

Publication Type:_____________________________________



5. De Lint, C. (2008). Twilight. Fantasy & Science Fiction, 114(4), 38-41.

Publication Type:_____________________________________


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