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Parts of a research article

 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 or what has already been written on the subject
 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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