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ENGL 1001: English Composition (UCBA)

This guide supports the research assignments for ENGL 1001.

Scholarly Journal Articles

Scholarly (also called academic) articles are very different from news, magazine, and trade articles. If you're new to scholarly journal articles (or need a refresher), watch the How to Tell if an Article is Scholarly or Academic video (3:18 minutes). 

Note: The Scholarly Article Analysis worksheet (Word file link) provides questions to help you analyze an article and can be used as a stand alone or while you're reading an article.

Strategies for Reading Scholarly Articles

The Anatomy of a Scholarly Article video (3:12 minutes) provides strategies for reading scholary articles. The Reading Scholarly Articles handout (Word file link) illustrates the structure of a scholarly article. If you decide the article you've found is relevant to your research question then carefully read each section of the article and take notes.

Note-Taking Resources

There are several different note-taking methods. Some strategies while reading a potential scholarly article include:

  • Print the article and highlight or circle while reading
  • Add notes in the margins of each section of the article
  • Summarize the key/main points of the article

Note: Adobe Reader has helpful features such as highlight text and sticky notes.


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