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PSC/SOC 340/JS 504: Social Science Research Methods

Explanation of the parts of a scientific research article, how to read scientific articles, books about the research process, how to do a literature review, forming hypotheses, research design, research instruments, finding statistics & survey results.

Parts of a Scientific Research Article

A brief overview of what the article is about and why the authors did the experiment.

Gives you the motivation and importance of the study, includes background information.

How the experiment was carried out. You need to see the general method and processes used.

This is the raw data from the experiment. There will be charts and tables. Understanding the charts and tables is very important for understanding the paper.

Also called analysis  or  conclusions - learn the reasons for the conclusions. This is where you test if you agree with the logic of the conclusions. Using this and the abstract you can determine if the article is relevant to your research.

Simplified Example of Scientific Research Article

How to Read a Scientific Paper (SciPaperTutorial.swf) Retrieved 2/2/2014, 2014, from


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