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How do I know if an article has been peer-reviewed?

  1. Enter the name of the journal (NOT the title of your article)
  2. In the results list, locate the matching journal name.
  3. If the publication is peer-reviewed, an icon peer review icon  appears to the left of the journal name. 

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Structure of a Research Article

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Research based articles often include several of the following sections:

  • Title & Author Information:
    briefly summarizes the subject or purpose of the article & documents the author's credentials in the field of study
  • Abstract:
    summarizes the research study and results of the study
  • Introduction:
    states the hypothesis or purpose of the research
  • Review of Literature:
    summarizes previous research that relates significantly to the research study/hypothesis. 
  • Methodology:
    describes what kind(s) of research methods were used and how the study was constructed/implemented
  • Findings/Results:
    collates and summarizes the data collected and calculates totals or trends, statistically significant findings, etc.
  • Conclusions/Discussion:
    discusses applications or implications of the findings/results
  • Further Study:
    suggests areas where more complete data or findings are needed and related areas for future research
  • Works Cited/References: 
    lists the sources cited by the author(s) of the article
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