Scholarly journals contain more than one type of article. In one issue of a journal, you may find original research articles, review articles, letters to the editor, reviews of books and other materials, and more. When you are browsing articles in databases, online, or in paper journals, keep the following questions in mind:
Journal example: Nature
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Original research articles are based on an experiment or study. The authors will report the purpose of the study, the research methodology, and results. This is a familiar structure for original research articles > IMRAD: introduction, methods, results, and discussion.
Review articles summarize or synthesize content from earlier published research and are useful for surveying the literature on a specific research area. Review articles can lead you to original research articles.
In your table groups, look at one of the articles below and answer the questions.