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How to Read a Scholarly Article

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

Consider this...

As you work through each page of this tutorial, compare what you learn to recent books and articles you have read in your courses.

  • Do they follow the patterns presented here?
  • Are the components recognizable, but presented differently in your field of study?

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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.

Handouts

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

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