Scholarly Articles are not the same as the ones you read in a newspaper or in a magazine. They are written for experts who are already familiar with subject of the article. But they all follow similar formats. You will find most of the following things in each article.
Title - usually contains scientific or subject-specific language
Authors - will contain the credentials of the authors
Abstract - this is a summary of the article
Introduction - this is what the article is trying to prove
Body of the article - this is the explanation of the process and may includes data in non-text formats
Conclusion - this is what the article proved
References - these are the articles the authors used and may or may not be present
Websites to Explore
Anatomy of a Scholarly Article: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/tutorials/scholarly-articles/
How to Read and Review a Scientific Journal Article: Writing Summaries and Critiques: http://twp.duke.edu/uploads/media_items/scientificarticlereview.original.pdf
How to Read and Understand a Scientific Paper: a Guide for Non-Scientists: http://violentmetaphors.com/2013/08/25/how-to-read-and-understand-a-scientific-paper-2
Peer Review Process Storyboard: http://infolitflorida.pbworks.com/w/file/26036117/5_07_2010_Peer_Review_Process_Storyboard_and_Scripts%5B1%5D.pptx
Quality Appraisal Checklist – Qualitative Studies: http://publications.nice.org.uk/methods-for-the-development-of-nice-public-health-guidance-third-edition-pmg4/appendix-h-quality-appraisal-checklist-qualitative-studies
The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools, Foundation for Critical Thinking (template is from Paul, Richard and Linda Elder, 2009): www.criticalthinking.org
Books to Check Out
Badke, W. B. (2011). Research strategies: finding your way through the information fog (4th ed.). Bloomington, IN: IUniverse, Inc.
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Salkind, N. J. (2012). 100 questions (and answers) about research methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
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