FSN 120 Critique Paper

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  1. Pick an article on a controversy in food/contains an opinion on something to do with the food industry or food science that is not from an academic source
  2. Decide whether you agree or disagree with the article
  3. Write why you support your stance with a minimum of 3 academic sources written in the past 10 years and ensure they are properly cited using Journal of Food Science style. You must also cite the article you are critiquing at the end and in-text when referring to it. Counter or support a minimum of 3 points the original article makes with these academic sources.
    1. Academic journal articles and reviews (e.g. Journal of Food Science, Journal of Food Microbiology, Food Chemistry, Food Control, ect.)
    2. Textbooks
    3. .gov and .edu websites (.org is not reliable)
  • 3-5 pages double-spaced
  • Include a title, and brief introduction on the article and why the author chose their stance on the topic
  • Either support or refute each point the author makes to support their opinion with academic sources
  • Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Netflix food documentaries, “Skinny Bitch,” people like “Food Babe,” Freelee the Banana Girl, and Michael Pollan are NOT accurate, reliable, or academic sources. However, these are good sources of articles to critique
  • Citations follow Journal of Food Science style and are used in-text each time they are referred to
  • Worth 50 points

Things to Remember:

Journal of Food Science Citation Format:



Content (80%)

  • Article chosen was emailed to me for approval on time
  • Stance supported by academic sources
  • Each point argued in article is addressed in paper
  • Your argument is logical

Format (10%)

  • 3-5 double-spaced pages
  • Pages numbered
  • Title
  • Introduction
  • Write professionally (avoid using “you” and words like “exciting,” “surprising”, “amazing,”etc.)

References (10%)

  • Minimum of 3 appropriate sources
  • Properly cited in-text and at the end
  • Article critiqued is cited with a link in the citation
  • No citations, no grade

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