Answered By: Judith Jablonski
Last Updated: Oct 27, 2016     Views: 1607

Reading a scholarly article can be intimidating!

When we talk about scholarly research, what we are referring to are articles, books, or reports that describe and discuss original research or experimentation. The scholars being referred to are typically scientists, professors, or other experts in a given field.

One thing you will notice about a scholarly article is that it is divided into sections. Each section of an article is labeled, though the sections and labels may vary slightly between journals (or even research methodologies).  Click here to see how research articles are frequently organized.

If you do a Google search on how to read a scholarly article, you’ll find a variety of approaches, but all say essentially the same thing: unlike when you are reading a story (where you read from beginning to end), when reading a research article, you’ll find it more useful to target certain sections first.

For a more detailed presentation see the READING SCHOLARLY RESEARCH LITERATURE section of Writing@APUS. (APUS login credentials required.)


NOTE: Scholarly articles are often peer-reviewed articles. To learn more about the difference between peer-reviewed and popular articles, see: What does "peer reviewed" mean? (Included is a great comparison chart!)


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