peer reviewed journals, there are basically three types of articles:
articles describe, in detail, an actual study conducted by the authors
of the article. The research article includes a brief background
on the subject matter justifying the need for the study, states
the purpose of the study, describes the methods and results of the
study, and provides a discussion of the results with any limitations
of the study and conclusions the authors have drawn from the results.
By reading a research article carefully, you can evaluate the strengths
and weaknesses of the study and draw your own informed conclusions.
Reading a research article carefully is very important.
here for steps in reading a research article
review article is an objective summary of many research articles
on a particular subject . The author(s) do not describe individual
studies in detail, and may or may not have conducted studies in
the area themselves. A review article provides a good summary of
studies conducted on a topic, but you rely on the authorís evaluation
of the actual studies. Since it is impossible to read every research
article that comes out in every journal, review articles are a good
way to "keep up with the latest". But if you want to be an expert
on a particular topic, you need to go to the orignal source Ė the
research articles themselves.
are essays published in journals describing the authorís opinion
on a topic.
The referencing is less extensive than in review articles, and the
information presented is not as objective as in the review artlice.
It can be fun to read the commentaries and letters to the editor
in professional journals to listen to professionals get personal
about their opinions!
a Research Article