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Parts of a Scholarly Article

This presentation highlights the different sections of a scholarly article.

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Parts of a Scholarly Article

  1. 1. The Parts of a Scholarly Article<br />Gary S. AtwoodReference Librarian / Babson Library<br />
  2. 2. ABSTRACT<br />An abstract is just a summary of the article. <br />
  3. 3. THESIS STATEMENT<br />A thesis statement describes the problem the author is trying to solve.<br />
  4. 4. METHODS<br />The methods section explanations how the study was conducted and who was involved.<br />
  5. 5. RESULTS<br />The results section explains the outcome of the study.<br />
  6. 6. DISCUSSION<br />The discussionsection is where the author compares their findings to previous research, talks about any limitations, and suggests related areas to be studied.<br />
  7. 7. REFERENCES<br />The reference list contains all of the articles that the author cited in their article.<br />
  8. 8. Language Clues<br />Popular articles are usually written in more conversational language.<br />Scholarly articles, on the other hand, are written in more formal language.<br />Check the next slide for an example:<br />
  9. 9. “When it come to staying mobile in old age, the rule seems to be: Use it or lose it.”<br />(2005). To Stay Mobile, Keep on the Move. Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter, 23(7), 3. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier database.<br />POPULAR<br />(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).<br />SCHOLARLY<br />“… the results should not be generalized to frailer population samples such as disabled persons or nursing home patients.”<br />
  10. 10. POPULAR ARTICLES<br />Usually written by staff or general writers<br />Reporting news<br />Writing to entertain<br />Audience is the general public<br />
  11. 11. SCHOLARLY ARTICLES<br />Written by one or more experts<br />Reporting on their own original research<br />Audience are other experts in their field<br />