Reading a scientific paper isn't like reading a book. Hint: Don't try to read it straight through from beginning to end!
Here are some tips to help you become skilled:
How to Read a Scientific Paper - Infographic from Elsevier
How to Read a Scientific Article by Mary Purugganan, Ph.D. and Jan Hewitt, Ph.D., Cain Project in Engineering and Professional Communication at Rice University
How to Read a Scientific Paper - Minimally modified from John W. Little and Roy Parker at the University of Arizona (which is no longer retrievable). This version is from a Biology course from by taught by Professor Devoto Fall 2011 at Wesleyan University.
How to read and understand a scientific paper: a guide for non-scientists
Peer reviewed articles are found in scholarly journals. The checklist below can help you determine if what you are looking at is peer reviewed or scholarly.
|Scholarly Journals||Popular Sources|
|Author is an expert on the specific topic of the article||Author is usually a journalists who might or might not have particular expertise in the topic|
|Articles are "peer-reviewed" or evaluated by experts in the field||Reviewed by an editor and fact checker.|
|A list of references or citations appears at the end of the article||References usually aren't formally cited|
|Goal is to present results of research||Goal may be to inform, entertain, or persuade|
|Examples: Journal of the American Medical Association; Journal of American History||Examples: Newsweek; Time Magazine|
You can access library article collections and databases, e-journals and most electronic books by entering your A number and password when prompted.
This file contains the examples and sites we visited in class.