Research

Science Review Articles

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:

  • Introduction
  • Body paragraphs
  • References

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
  • Results

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?

If you have any questions about science review article, research or citations, stop by the Library Service Desk or contact us here.

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