Reading Scholarly & Scientific Articles
Reading scholarly and scientific articles can sometimes seem overwhelming. But once you figure out what each part is for, then it's easier to digest and understand. It's also a good idea to learn where each piece of information you need for your citation can be located in a PDF. See the series of pictures below to see the parts of a sample PDF.
Knowing where to find the information for your citation on your journal article can save you time.
In APA, you will need the following:
When reading a scholarly article, start with the abstract. The abstract should tell you whether the article is relevant to your topic.
Then, read the discussion or conclusion. Starting at the end allows you to quickly identify the findings of the research, and whether or not it would be useful to include in your own research paper.
Once you've identified the article as useful, go back and read the introduction. Remember, however, that the introduction often quotes other authors. To quote the findings of the research in the article you're reading, quote the discussion or conclusion.
Methodology and Results can be useful, but are often the description of how the experiment was conducted.