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PSYC02: Scientific Communication in Psychology

A guide to assist UTSC students in this course to find and use library resources needed to successfully complete all assignments.

Reading a Scientific Article

Most scientific journals format their articles in a standard way; breaking them into clearly defined and labelled sub-sections. Once you have learned what sections contain what information, you can very quickly navigate yourself through any article.

If you are looking for a specific kind of information, don't simply read the article through from start to finish.

Think about which section might have the information that you need, and skip to that section. For example, the introduction and discussion sections are good places to look for general information and an overview of the important issues. 

The short videos on this page will help provide some additional tips to consider when reading articles.

How to read a scientific article

Hints for reading scientific journal articles