How To Read A Scholarly Paper?

How To Read A Scholarly Paper?

How To Read A Scholarly Paper?

It would definitely get very time consuming and confusing if you had to read all the scholarly papers before you could find your answer. Therefore, to read a scholarly paper, a specific tactic should be applied to save you time and effort.

Every scholarly paper consists of different sections. The main sections are abstract, introduction, literature review, main body, result, discussion, conclusion, bibliography and finally references. In order to see whether a scholarly paper is relevant to your search, and also to be able to understand what the author is trying to say, it is more efficient to read a scholary paper in a certain manner or a different order per say.

Skimming the paper gives you an overall image of the research. Looking at the headings and the publishing dates could be useful for you as well.

Now here is a suggested way to quickly get a grasp of a scholarly paper. Start with the abstract. By reading the abstract basically, you will know what the article or paper is trying to say. It is sort of like a description of the research. Discussion and conclusion sum up the scholarly paper or an article. Reading these sections help you in deciding whether you want to invest any more time in reading the whole paper since at this stage you will get a good grasp of its relevancy to your own research question or field.

At this point, if the article seems like it might be relevant, hop back to the beginning of the article and read the introduction. The introduction is where an author will describe and talk about how he/she is going to approach the subject at hand. Results and data get very specific. If the scholarly paper is applicable to you, this sections, as well as methodology, could provide you with in-depth and detailed quantitative analysis.

After skimming and rereading a bit of the paper you can ask yourselves these questions: 1) What problem is the paper addressing? 2) Are the findings supported by evidence? 3) Are the findings unique and supported by other work in the field? 4) What is the sample size? 5) Do you agree with what the author is saying? Finding answers to these questions will improve your comprehension of the article and help you to think critically about the topic.

Last, but not least, the bibliography or list of references will help you track down more relevant sources for your research.

This is just a very basic way to quickly browse a scholarly paper and get more efficient in your search. Every individual has his/her own style of course. But it is always good to start with a big picture see if the finding matches with your questions and then move on.


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