How to Identify a Research-Based Article

Characteristics of a Research Article

Look For These Components in a Research Article

An abstract

A list of keywords

A literature review

Some description of research methodology

References or Works Cited information

Original research

Authors who are expert(s) in the field, usually faculty at academic institutions

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Evidence of a peer review process (submitted, revised, and accepted dates, usually on the first page of the article)

Specialized vocabulary/jargon, specific to the field

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