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Scholarly articles

The Anatomy of a Scientific Article.

It is important to use scholarly articles for scientific research because they:

  • typically go through a peer review process before publication
  • are written by an expert for other experts to communicate new information
  • contain high quality content

Original research article contains:

Abstract:
summarizes the research study
Introduction:
establishes the context for the research, identifies the main research question and states a hypothesis
Materials & Methods:
describes the research procedure, including the types of controls used and what resources were used
Results:
reports the outcome of the research procedure. The figures (tables, graphs, etc.) contain the majority of the data/findings from the study
Discussion:
conclusions or interpretations about the results. May compare the findings with other research studies and/or identify areas for future exploration and research
References: 
lists the sources cited in the article

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