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HUS1001 Bates Pruitt: Reading Articles

This course guide is for Professor Bates' HUS 1001 class. This guide will help you with your research using the library databases.

How to Read a Research Article Links

Examples

Below you will find screenshots of the different elements of a research article discussed in the article by Diane Hudson-Barr (link to the article on the left). 

Title of the article as found on the Detailed Record page in the EBSCO database PsychARTICLES: 

 

The abstract is a summary of the article. Read this portion first to get an understanding of the research in the article. The abstract on the left is what you would see in the article. The abstract on the left is what you would see on the Detailed Record page in the EBSCO database PsychARTICLES.

 

The discussion is found towards the end of the article. This section contains the author(s) interpretation of the study findings. 

The introduction to the study will be found at the beginning of the article. The introduction will give the reader an understanding of why the authors performed the research study.

The Methods section discusses how the research study was conducted. This section includes information about the research participants.

 

The results are usually included directly after the methods section. The results include the findings of the research study.