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Learn how to identify the characteristics of scholarly articles in Introduction to Scholarly Articles in this six minute tutorial.
Two minute video on how to skim the key parts of a scholarly article to determine if it is relevant for your assignment.
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Scholarly articles in the sciences follow a particular format. You may not always see every part labeled, but the content will include the following:
ABSTRACT – a summary of the article
INTRODUCTION – a brief explanation of the research topic and why this particular research was performed.
MATERIALS and METHODS – How the research was performed
RESULTS – The results of the research. An explanation of what happened.
DISCUSSION or CONCLUSION – What do the results mean? What is significant or important of them? What was learned?
REFERENCES – The research of others that was consulted in the writing of this article.
Below is an example article with each of the above elements labeled.