Anatomy of a Paper

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Breaks down the structure of a scholarly article, especially a scientific article, into all its parts and explains each one.

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  • Common format is convenient, and sometimes publishers don’t divide text into separate sections, but if you know standard format, you can adjust.CITATION – at top; scientific vs. commercial AUTHORS – research team; 1st and last – most useful in tracking down similar studies; institutional affiliations? PUBLICATION DATES – received, accepted, published online, published print PEER REVIEW – 2 or more anonymous reviewers; scientists get credit by publishing ORIGINAL findingsABSTRACT – at top; summary of the paper; different from intro.; like the paper’s “tweet” – less than 250 words; gives study’s purpose, experimental approach, key results, conclusionsACKNOWLEDGMENTS – at end; people/institutions who’ve contributed; funding source could bias outcomesREFERENCES – at end; only those articles cited in paper; look here for further reading on topic; analyze type of sources usedEXTENDED RESEARCH TEAM – everybody else
  • Scientific societies vs. commercial publishers. Journals produced by scientific societies and companies can both be reliable, but it helps to know what organization is behind the journal.
  • Tutorial from North Carolina State University Library.
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