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What is peer review?
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Structure of a research article
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Original, primary research article 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
How do I know if an article has been peer-reviewed?
1. Click and enter the name of the publication Journal Title :
2. In the results list, click the matching name:
3. If the publication is peer-reviewed , the listing says Y es: