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Biomedical & Engineering Resources for Summer Scholars: Reading a scholarly article

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Reading a schlolarly article

Steps to Reading a Scholarly Article:

First, . Read the Abstract and skim the Introduction and Discussion. This will tell you what the authors intended to prove, how they went about it, and what actually happened.

Next, read the Methods and Materials section and the Results. These are the most complex parts of the article, but from them you will learn the details of the authors' methodology and the results of their research.

Third, re-read and take notes. 

If you can answer the following questions about the article, then you have a pretty good understanding of it.

  1. How does the research fit in with what was previously known?
  2. What is the author's hypothesis?
  3. How was the study designed?
  4. What were the author's conclusions?
  5. How is the study relevant?
  6. Who does the author represent?
  7. How was the study funded?

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Anatomy of a scholarly article

Scholarly vs popular journals

Understanding scholarly articles