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Scholarly articles may be very different than anything you've read before. They're usually long, have lots of citations, many authors, and can see daunting to tackle.
How should you read a scholarly article to determine if its right for you? Use the tips below.
Some parts of an article may be new to you. For a quick overview of the sections of a scholarly article, check out North Carolina State University's webpage Anatomy of a Scholarly Article.
For most academic work, you'll be looking at scholarly sources. However, there are other kinds of sources that can help you when you're researching. Here is a break down of these sources to help you figure out what you've found when researching:
You probably wouldn't take you grandmother to see The Fast and The Furious. Why? Because she isn't the intended audience for that movie. Knowing your audience when you start writing a paper or working on a project will help you develop a better argument. You audience will shape which sources you use, the way you write, and the way you style your paper or project. Once you have a topic or issue, here are some questions to keep in mind:
When you do research, you'll find many things, but how do you know if what you've found is "good"? You'll need to evaluate the source to make sure it is appropriate for your research. Here are some questions you can ask to evaluate the validity a source: