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.
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.