Reading a Scientific Article
1. Read for overall comprehension
2.To do this you need to understand the major sections of an article
• Then seek to understand the
main points of each section
Introduction: Provides background about the problem. Leads to
the research question. States the research question
Method: Outlines the methods used to answer the research
question. Should include information about the variables studied
(and their definitions), time frames and design of data collection,
and type of analysis (data handling: summary, comparisons, etc.).
Findings: Gives the results of the analysis.
Discussion or Implications: Discusses the findings in light of
the original problem. Provides possible implications, the “so what”
of the findings in light of the original problem.
•How do you know you are understanding it?
•Explain the article to someone else.
•Does the article tell a “story” to you?
•Then you can seek to place the information from the
article within your own learning and understanding.