Parts of a Scholarly Article

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  • 1. The Parts of a Scholarly Article
    Gary S. AtwoodReference Librarian / Babson Library
  • 2. ABSTRACT
    An abstract is just a summary of the article.
  • 3. THESIS STATEMENT
    A thesis statement describes the problem the author is trying to solve.
  • 4. METHODS
    The methods section explanations how the study was conducted and who was involved.
  • 5. RESULTS
    The results section explains the outcome of the study.
  • 6. DISCUSSION
    The discussionsection is where the author compares their findings to previous research, talks about any limitations, and suggests related areas to be studied.
  • 7. REFERENCES
    The reference list contains all of the articles that the author cited in their article.
  • 8. Language Clues
    Popular articles are usually written in more conversational language.
    Scholarly articles, on the other hand, are written in more formal language.
    Check the next slide for an example:
  • 9. “When it come to staying mobile in old age, the rule seems to be: Use it or lose it.”
    (2005). To Stay Mobile, Keep on the Move. Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter, 23(7), 3. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier database.
    POPULAR
    (2005). Visser, Marjolein, Eleanor M Simonsick, Lisa H Colbert, Jennifer Brach, Susan M Rubin, Stephen B Kritchevsky, Anne B Newman, and Tamara B Harris. 2005. "Type and intensity of activity and risk of mobility limitation: the mediating role of muscle parameters." Journal Of The American Geriatrics Society 53, no. 5: 762-770. MEDLINE with Full Text, EBSCOhost (accessed September 13, 2010).
    SCHOLARLY
    “… the results should not be generalized to frailer population samples such as disabled persons or nursing home patients.”
  • 10. POPULAR ARTICLES
    Usually written by staff or general writers
    Reporting news
    Writing to entertain
    Audience is the general public
  • 11. SCHOLARLY ARTICLES
    Written by one or more experts
    Reporting on their own original research
    Audience are other experts in their field