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FYSP 178: Social Justice and Professional Athlete Activism

Reading Scholarly Articles

How To Read A Scholarly Article


Read The Abstract
The abstract will give you a general understanding of the article. Also, pay attention to the authors and their titles.


Read The Conclusion

The conclusion will summarize the author's findings including ways of improving the research.


Read The Introduction

The introduction will set up the layout of the article and the main argument of the article.

Tip #1: Highlight important ideas.


Read The First And Last Sentence Of Each Paragraph

The first and last sentence of each paragraph will give you a brief understanding of the discussion. 

Tip #2: Take notes on the margins.


Read The Rest Of The Article

After getting a general idea of the article, read the entire article to get a full picture of the author's argument.

Tip #3: Repeat steps one and two.

Research Databases for Finding Scholarly Articles (All Subjects)

These databases are good places to start for most research in most subject areas.  I can help you to find more specialized databases for your own research area.