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Scholarly articles are great sources of information when you want the latest research findings, straight from the experts studying it. These articles are written for other experts in the field, so they will be very dense and written with lots of technical jargon. Don't let that scare you away though. With some reading strategies, some patience, and some practice you can make use of the information packed into scholarly articles.
When you first encounter a scholarly article, your first task is to make sure it fits your need. Use the first page to make this call.
The first page also has all the information you will need to create your citations. This interactive image shows how to identify key information when looking at a scholarly article.
Most scholarly articles follow a common format to organize their information. This common format will help you know what to expect from each section and to jump to the section that has the most useful information for your needs.
So we have found some articles and books and now know how to read them, but how do we take what we read and put in into our paper? Taking notes is the step between reading and writing. If we have taken good notes, then when it comes time to write our paper, we can quickly remember and find what information to use.
In the video below we will see a strategy for annotating an article (in this case, annotating is a fancy way to say "taking notes").
Another note taking tool that can help us move from reading to writing our papers is a research reading log. Here are a couple examples.