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Biology Information Literacy

Scientific Articles

Now that we know a little more about scholarly articles, let's look at the traditional scientific article. Generally, it will contain the following sections:

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Background or Literature Review
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • References

These sections may vary slightly but usually will fall into this pattern regardless of whether they are a primary/empirical research article or a review article. 

See below for more information on how to evaluate the quality of a scientific study.

Evaluating Scientific Articles


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