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Math 210: Scholarly Articles

Guide to help with the Math 210 Research Project

Peer Review

Peer-reviewed research has gone through the peer-review process.  Through the peer-review process, a scholarly work (such as a paper or a research proposal) is checked by a group of experts in the same field to make sure it meets the necessary standards before it is published or accepted.  Peer-reviewed research is published in scholarly (also called academic) journals. 

Characteristics of scholarly (academic) journals:

    Meant to inform and report research

    Intended for scholars and students in a


    Very specific
    Highly specialized
    Long articles found in scholarly/academic
    Has sections like "Methods" and
    Often printed on non-glossy paper
Graphics & Ads
    Usually no photos or ads
    Has charts, graphs, data
    Scholars and researchers
    Authors are rarely paid for articles
    Vocabulary specific to the discipline

    Long list of references and sources


    Journal of Biology
    Biochemical Journal
    American Journal of Physiology
Where to find it
    Academic Journals 
    Scholarly Journals

How to Read a Scholarly Article

***First: Read Jennifer Raff's "How to Read and Understand a Scientific Article" ***

Scholarly articles are often very long.  They can be 10, 20, maybe even 30 pages or more!  Check out this video for tips on how to skim a scholarly article.  This video is presented by the University of Tennesee Chatanooga Library's Online Workshop.

Structure of a Scholarly Article

Scholarly articles are sometimes difficult to read.  However, once you undersand the structure of a scholarly article, you can scan the article for the info you need. Use the tutorial below to explore different parts of a scholarly article, including:

  • Reading the Citation
  • Authors' Credentials
  • Abstract
  • Introduction:  Hypothesis/Thesis
  • Literature
  • Methodology
  • Results/Data
  • Discussion/Conclusion
  • References
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