Anatomy of a Scholarly Article

Article Title / Author

There are a couple of things that you might notice first about a scholarly article whether you are looking at the PDF or the record within a database:

  • Journal name
  • Title
  • Author(s)


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The journal name tells you where the article is published and will usually include information about which volume, issue and page numbers the article is published in. You will need these to create your reference if you cite the article in a paper as it will help readers find the article.

The article’s title will usually be long and descriptive because it summarizes the article. It will give you an idea of what the article is about and may contain technical terms.  

The authors’ affiliations (or credentials) will also be listed. This includes where they work or what fields their degree is in. Credentials establish the author’s authority (their qualifications or expertise).

Machine Readable PDF of Article Author Parts Infographic by Megan Carlton

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