In the 201, 202, 203 series, we will be looking at scholarly peer-reviewed scientific research articles. What does that mean?!
A scholarly article is one written by scholars, for scholars. It assumes a high level of topic understanding on the part of the reader and usually will not explain concepts or give background information. It's okay if you don't understand every word! Use scientific dictionaries, encyclopedias and the Internet to help you as you read. In the article, the researchers will summarize the current state of scholarship in the area, explain the specific research they did, and then discuss the significance of the findings to the field (including what remains to be known).
How do I tell if I'm looking at a Scholarly Article?
Look for these characteristics: