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Information Literacy Toolkit

How to Read a Scholarly Source (sciences/social sciences)

How to Read Scientific Articles

Your students may be unfamiliar with the typical format of a scientific article.

  • How do researchers in this field communicate their work?
  • What kind of evidence is used and how do I evaluate it?
  • What can I learn from each section?
  • In what order should I read them?

This lesson plan and accompanying documents assigns students article sections to read as homework before a class discussion.

updated 8/21

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