Answered By: Marissa C. Ball
Last Updated: Aug 28, 2015     Views: 22

Scholarly, or academic articles, contain original research. Other kinds of articles appear in scholarly journals as well, including commentary and review articles. If you need to limit your sources to research articles, you must be able to tell the difference.

Most research articles will contain a combination of the following:

ABSTRACT:  A summary of the article. (Note: Abstracts sometimes appear in non-scholarly publications as well.)

METHODS: Sometimes called "methodology" or "materials and methods," this section describes the author's research methods and tools: experiment, survey, data sources, etc.

RESULTS: Also called "findings," this is the section of the article in which raw data are presented.

DISCUSSION: Sometimes called "analysis," this is the section in which the author analyzes the data.

CONCLUSION: The author's conclusions based on the analysis.

REFERENCES: List of references to works cited in the article.

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