Quickly scan and skim this scholarly article. What do you notice that makes this article different from newspaper and magazine articles?
Note: The structure and format of peer-reviewed articles varies depending on the field of study and the publication's preferred formatting. For example, some articles may contain a literature review heading, others may include the literature review as part of the introduction or discussion sections.
Read the Title: Look for specific words and phrases in the title that match you search terms and topic. Pay attention to the subtitle, which provides additional details about the article.
Read the Abstract: The abstract ensures that there are no surprise endings when you read the article. It will tell you what was done, why it was done, and what conclusions were made in the end. This helps you determine if the article is relevant to your research.
Look at the Source: What is the title of the journal? Journal titles provides clues as to field of study.
Look at the Author: Look for author information such as educational background or professional field to see if it matches the scope of your research.