Articles from magazines and newspapers can be straightforward to use for your research. Most read easily from start to finish. As popular sources, the vocabulary in magazines and newspapers is understandable for most readers. These sources also tend to synthesize a topic into its most basic elements. Magazine and newspaper articles are easy to skim and spot information that relates to your project.
Unlike these popular sources, scholarly articles are longer in length, contain specialized vocabulary, and include in-depth information written for scholars, experts, and students studying the topic. The information addresses specific aspects of a topic rather than the "big picture." Because of this, it is helpful to utilize effective reading strategies while tackling these important sources of information.
For a deeper discussion of these and other reading strategies, check out this interactive tutorial. At the end of the tutorial there is a quiz you can take. If you score 80% or more, you can press the Print Results button for a printable version of the results*. If you don't get 80% your first try, no big deal! Just click the Retry Quiz button.
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Scholarly articles are great sources for your research projects. They are also dense and unfamiliar sources of information to many students. Fortunately, there are ways to navigate these sources to help reduce the intimidation and confusion that often arises when reading scholarly articles. The more you practice and read these types of articles, the easier it becomes to use scholarly articles effectively.
Here are some basic steps to navigating scholarly articles:
*some articles may not have a results section because they focus on theory and critical analysis rather than data