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Definition of a Scholarly Article

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

Resources for Evaluating and Reading Scholarly Articles

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-Scientistshttp://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. 
   CALL NO: 020.72 BAD
Salkind, N. J. (2012). 100 questions (and answers) about research methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
   CALL NO: 001.42 SAL