Most scholarly research articles follow the same structure. Below is a basic outline of this structure. Note that different articles may use different names for the sections, combine some sections, or separate other sections. Some sections may be larger in some articles and smaller in other articles. However, you will find roughly the same information, in the same order, in all articles. Knowing what to expect from each section of an article can help you read and understand it more easily.
Unlike when reading novels or news articles, when reading scholarly articles, jumping around instead of reading straight through can actually be more efficient and increase your understanding. Use the following strategy to help you get the most out of articles:
Information on this page adapted from: