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Physical Chemistry Lab (24-533/535)

Reading scientific journals (runtime 23:12)

Structure of a research article

[ research graphic ]

Credit: Acupuncture Council of Ireland‚Äč

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
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