Research or scholarly articles have a formal structure that allows you to focus your attention to specific sections to get a good sense of the purpose and results of the study without being buried in too much technical detail. Follow the tips below to read the research articles that you find to see if they are relevant to your topic.
Tip 1: Do not read the article from start to finish as you would a popular article.
Tip 2: Do focus your attention on the following sections in order:
Discussion / Results
Use the following criteria to evaluate the information resources you use in your research:
Currency: The timeliness of the information.
Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs.
Authority: The source of the information.
Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the information.
Purpose: The reason the information exists.
Source: Evaluating Information, University Libraries, University of Rhode Island, http://uri.libguides.com/evalinfo