Western Libraries

CEE4441 Library Information Session

Tutorial and tips on reading articles


How to read a scholarly article


Handy tips on reading journal articles:

First glance:

Context, purpose, overview

  • Read the title and other publication information
  • Read the abstract
  • Read the introduction
  • Read the discussion (sometimes results & discussion)

Look a little deeper:

How data are collected, analysed & where research is leading
  • Read the methods or experiments
  • Read the results
  • Read the conclusions