Anatomy of a Scholarly Article


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Learning Objectives: By the time you complete this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Identify a scholarly article based on forma
  • Identify the most common parts of a scholarly article
  • Understand which format indicators lend to the credibility of the source

Many of your professors will require you to use scholarly articles to complete your assignments.  Since the amount of information available at your fingertips is growing exponentially, understanding how scholar’s format their articles can help you quickly evaluate sources and know if they are worth reading further.

Although there is variation among the different subjects, most scholarly articles consists of the following sections or headings: title and authors; abstract; introduction; methods; charts, graphs, and equations; results; conclusions; disucssion; references. 

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This tutorial will take you through sections that are typically found within scholarly journal articles. These sections can typically be identified by the heading at the start of the paragraph.

Not every article will contain every single section, but most scholarly works will have many of the headings discussed.

You may already know more about identifying scholarly articles than you think, watch this NC State video to find out what.

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