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Peer-Reviewed & Scholarly Publications

This guide provides resources to find and identify peer-reviewed and scholarly journal articles.

How to Read a Scholarly Article (INFOGRAPHIC)

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How to Read a Scholarly Article


An abstract is a summary of the article. In addition to introducing the topic, abstracts often include information about research methods and results.

Introduction and Conclusion

The introduction outlines the author’s plans for the article and can help you determine which parts of the article will be most useful to you. The conclusion section reviews all of the ideas and findings from the rest of the paper.

Topic Sentences

Topic sentences can help you determine whether that paragraph will include anything relevant to your research, or if you can skim (or skip) it.

Entire Article

Read the rest of the article, skimming through sections that are not relevant to your research.


Need more sources for your assignment?

Citations listed at the end of a scholarly article can be a great place to find additional relevant sources. Use the library’s databases or E-Journal Portal to search for the article or journal titles.