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Biological Literature: Parts of a Scientific Article

How to know if the article you have is a scientific research article

Below is a list of the different parts of a scientific article.  These are the features you will want to look for when trying to decide if the article you found is a scientific research article.  These are also what you will be expected to include in your own research articles and on which many of your assignments for this course will be based.

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.

A simplified example of a Scientific Article

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

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