When reading scientific articles you may come across vocabulary you do not comprehend. These two online resources below can help you understand the concepts and words you do not know.
Abstract – Brief sumrary of the article
Introduction – Explains the purpose of the research and summarizes/comments on previous research
Methods – Tells you what equipment and materials were used and explains step by step the experiment conducted.
Results – Explains what was observed during the experiment/study. This is where the data collected is found.
Discussion/Conclusion – Contains the conclusions that the author would like to draw from the data. The interpretation of the data occurs here.
Reading the sections of an article following the typical article outline can be overwhelming. There is no one best way to read an article, but below is a suggested order for reading the sections of a paper so that you can get the most information out of an article.
Typical Article Outline
Suggested Article Reading Outline
The documnet below provides lists of questions to consider when reading the different sections of a primary research article.
Here is the YouTube Video we watched in class about reading articles.
This video was created by biology students at Georgetown University in conjunction with Bio 504 course taught by Dr. Janet Russell, Fall 2007.