Science review articles assemble and summarize the results of research experiments that have been published in previous primary research articles.
A science review article usually contains the following:
- Body paragraphs
Because the authors of review articles are NOT conducting their own experiment either in the lab or in the field, they usually do NOT include the following sections:
- Methods and materials
Here’s an example of a science review article.
Questions to ask yourself while reading science review articles:
- Is it current? What is the Publication date?
- Is the author an expert in his or her field? Tip: Google the author if you are unsure.
- Is the article published in an academic journal? Tip: Google the journal title to learn more about the journal.
- Have others found it useful? How many times has this article been cited?
- What is the subject area focus of the article? Tip: look at the journal title.
- Is it about my research question? Tip: Read the summary/abstract and scan the article headings before diving in.
- Do I understand this article?
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