2.1 Introduction to Journal Articles

Learning Outcomes

After completing this chapter you will be able to:

  • Navigate different parts of journal articles
  • Effectively read a journal article
  • Identify the correct source of information in an article
  • Find supplementary data


Journal articles are scholarly sources that represent original research:

  • Journal articles can also be called scientific articles, peer reviewed articles, or scholarly research articles
  • Articles in a particular field are collectively referred to as the literature

You will need to read and use journal articles throughout your studies. Knowing the ins and outs of journal articles will save you time and effort. See the previous chapter, Sources of Information, to learn about types of sources and peer review


See an example article below:


Sheep recognize familiar and unfamiliar human faces from two-dimensional images


A nice sheep wearing glasses

Read the full article here: https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.171228


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