Reading scholarly articles is a skill. Like all skills, you can learn how to do it through practice, patience, and experience.
Scholarly Communication – Publishing papers in journals is a way that scholars “talk” to each other; how they share information with each other about their research, their ideas and discoveries.
You are now joining that conversation with your own original voice.
Remember, when anyone starts a research project, whether you are a student writing a paper for an assignment or a professor writing an article for publication, you must review what others have discovered and written about your topic.
First you READ, then you WRITE.
2. How to Approach the Article
When you read journal articles, always remember that YOU are going to write a paper based on what you read. So, do the following:
3. Steps to Read the Article
Look at the structure of the article (many academic articles use a standard format)
- First, Read the Abstract and Conclusion (these have the main points.)
- Then, Read the Introduction and Discussion for more detail.
If you find anything in the Abstract or Conclusion that is important for your paper, look for it in the text.
If you need more information, then read through the Methods or Results sections.
4. How to Take Notes on the Article
There are various ways to take notes, but this is a personal style choice. Try different ways, but use the one that fits you best. Below are some suggestions for note-taking:
5. How to Reference the Article
There are two main ways to reference an article in your paper:
If you find text that you plan to quote or paraphrase, be sure to note the page # and citation info, so you don’t have to go back and find it when you write your Works Cited or References page.
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