Answered By: Christine Andresen
Last Updated: Aug 12, 2014     Views: 24

See the attached PDF file!

First: Scan! When first examining a research article, a good way to quickly determine if you should read the article or not is to read the introduction and the conclusion sections—if the text in those sections doesn’t match your topic, you can assume the article isn’t relevant and move on. If the text does match your topic, then you should take the time to read and critique the other sections. For guidance with the process of reading a book or article, see Edwards (2014).

In most cases, research articles and reports are divided into clearly labeled sections. These sections allow you to assess the article more quickly and easily, since each section can usually be examined to find answers to the questions in the attached PDF file that help you evaluate the quality of the evidence presented.