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 How to Read & Use Scholarly Scientific Articles

Primary scientific articles can be difficult to read and understand.  As burgeoning scholars it is vital that you develop reading strategies early on to help you use scientific literature. Click on the links below to learn the common structure of scientific articles and how to navigate them for efficiency and comprehension.

Primary research versus review articles - how to tell the difference?

Differentiating between original primary research articles and review articles can be a bit tricky.  Both types of articles are considered "scholarly" and appear in peer reviewed journals.  However, it is an essential skill in the sciences to be able to differentiate between the two types of articles.  Below is information to assist you in determining what type of article you are viewing.  




Research Article                                                                                                                   

Author(s) present new set of findings from original research after conducting an original experiment.

Typically contains the following distinct sections:

  • Methods (possibly the variation Methods & Materials)
  • Results (including charts, graphs, and statistical tables)
  • Discussion
Ozasa, N., Morimoto, T., Bao, B., Shioi, T., & Kimura, T. (2012). Effects of machine-assisted cycling on exercise capacity and endothelial function in elderly patients with heart failure. Circulation Journal, 76(8), 1889-1894.

Review Article

Author(s) analyze and summarize existing research.

Often focus on a general topic and brings together all relevant, useful articles on that topic in one article.

Do not contain sections such as Methods or Results because they did not conduct original research.

References within a review article can help you locate primary research articles on a topic!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Sharma, S., Merghani, A., & Mont, L. (2015). Exercise and the heart: The good, the bad, and the ugly. European Heart Journal, 36(23), 1445-1453.

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