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There are books that can help you learn how to read peer-reviewed journal articles and write your thesis . Here are a couple that I think are especially useful.
Anatomy of a primary paper
Abstract: summary of the article
information and a description of the author’s purpose
Materials & Methods:
the study was performed with enough detail so that other scientists could
repeat the study
new observations, data and findings
Discussion: a description of
what the findings mean and their implications; address potential criticisms
Understanding Scholarly Articles
this page to learn more about:
the difference between popular and scholarly articles
key features of scholarly articles
how to "spot" a scholarly article
Questions to ask yourself
First, skim the article. Read the abstract and skim the Introduction and Discussion.
Second, read and take notes. If you think the article will support your topic, then read the entire article. Be sure to take good notes.
If you can answer the following questions about the article, then you have a pretty good understanding of it.
How does the research fit in with what was previously known?
What is the author's hypothesis?
How was the study designed?
What were the author's conclusions?
How is the study relevant?
Who does the author represent?
How was the study funded?
There is no right way to take notes. You should find the method that works best for you. If you are unfamilar with note-taking methods, these are good places to start.
The UC San Diego Library offers a variety of ways to help you learn how to prevent plagiarism.
Preventing Plagiarism Tutorial
This online guide uses real world examples to illustrate a variety of types of plagiarism. Learn about common pitfalls and how to avoid them.
Tips for Avoiding Plagiarism
Download and print this brochure (PDF) and use it as a quick guide when you are writing your paper. Includes information about when to cite resources and how to paraphrase an article for your paper.