Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Banner Image

BIOL 223, 223L, 224, 224L: Human Anatomy and Physiology: Defining and Analyzing Scholarly Articles

Prepared Summer 2016

How to Define Scholarly Sources

How to Analyze Scholarly Articles

Scholarly Sources

Scholarly Sources are often referred to as Primary Literature or Original ResearchScholarly Articles have many of these elements.

The Title usually tells you the subject matter. 

The Author is usually a professor or someone else with credentials, which are listed. 

The Abstract appears on the first page, and summarizes the article. 

The Literature Review is an analysis of other articles on similar topics. 

The Hypotheses are the author's expected outcomes. 

The Method describes how they conducted the study. 

The Results are usually heavy with statistical analysis and technical writing. 

The Discussion is where the author summarizes the results and applies them to their hypotheses. 

The References are where the author got their background information.