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How to Read a Scholarly Article

Guide to reading academic, peer-reviewed articles effectively and efficiently.

This guide to reading a scholarly article will help you to:

  • Recognize academic writing as a genre of writing,
  • Identify the most common parts of academic texts,
  • Place individual works within a broader network of scholarship using the literature review section.


The following handouts provide diagrams of academic writing that may be useful when reading scholarly books and articles:

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