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Scholarly articles are written to convey the results of original study, research or experimentation. They are written by experts in a discipline for other experts in the discipline.
Reading scholarly articles can be a bit daunting. But once you understand the parts of the article, this process becomes easier. Scholarly articles (including scientific research articles) use language that can be hard to understand. Remember these articles are written by experts for other experts, so the language is standard for what is used in the discipline being written about. Scientific articles usually include the following parts: introduction, literature review, methods, results, discussion, and conclusion. Read more about each of these sections at this site: Anatomy of a Scholarly Article.
Or watch the following video from the University of Minnesota on how to skim an article for the main points and take effective notes:
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