Is Reading Research Articles Different than Reading Popular Articles?
Academic research articles are organized and written differently than popular articles/sources. Research articles usually contain 5-7 different sections; work through this Anatomy of a Scholarly Article Tutorial to learn what sections a research article consists of.
Research articles can also include a literature review in the introduction. Literature reviews provides background on research already conducted in the field.
Research articles should not be read from beginning to end. To get the most out of an article for the least amount of effort, reading a research article should be done strategically.
Take a look at our Evaluating Resources page to learn how to see if your articles are scholarly and relevant to your topic.