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Introduction to Scholarly Articles: Types of Scholarly Articles

Original Research/Empirical Article


An article that reports on original research, such as an experiment, or analysis of data, a creative work, phenomena, or historical event. 

Review Article

An article summarizing the results of many original articles investigating similar topics. May use analytic techniques such meta-analysis to statistically compare data from multiple studies. 

Theoretical Article

An article intended to contribute to the theoretical foundations of a field, providing explanations for phenomena and frameworks that can be used to guide the analysis of evidence.