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Human Biology Research Guide: Scientific/Study Articles

What is a research/study article?

A study article, also referred to as a primary paper or an original research article, is where author(s) present their original research.  A study article has specific components.  Authors do cite other work but make original contributions to their field.  For an example, check out this article.

What is a review article?

In review articles, the author(s) summarize the literature (study/research) articles that have been written within a topic or discipline.  This review is usually evaluative.  These articles help researchers keep up to date on a given topic or discipline. These articles do not present original research. Review articles are scholarly.  For an example, check out this article.

Parts of a research/study article:

1. Abstract

2. Introduction

3. Materials and Methods (of the study)

4. Results

5. Conclusion or Discussion

6. References


Do I have a study/research article?

Think about these questions to help determine if your article is a study article:

1. Who wrote the article? What is their background?

2. What is the purpose of the article?

3. Who is the audience for the article?

4. What type of language does the author use (formal or informal)?

5. How is the article documented (cited)?


What is a Scholarly Article?

Created by Kimbel Library, Coastal Carolina University

Where can I find a study article?