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CHM 3120L

A research guide created for CHM 3120L: Analytical Chemistry Lab.

Outline of Scholarly Writing

With some variation among the different disciplines, most scholarly articles of original research follow the IMRaD model, which consists of the following components:

Introduction

  • Literature Review
  • Statement of Problem or Research Topic
  • Plan to Solve the Problem or Thesis of Argument

Method & Results*

  • How Research was Done
  • Data
  • What Answers were Found

Discussion

  • Interpretation of Results
  • Limitations of the Study
  • Implications for the Field

This form is most obvious in scientific studies, where the methods are clearly defined and described, and data is often presented in tables or graphs for analysis. Many scholarly articles will also include an Abstract, a Conclusion, and a Bibliography.

*In other fields, such as history, the method and results may be embedded in a narrative, perhaps describing and interpreting events from archival sources. In this case, the method is the selection of archival sources and how they were interpreted, while the results are the interpretation and resultant story. Similarly, in other humanities fields, like English, a scholarly work will not include an explicit methods or results section, but a portion of the text will ground the author's perspective in related theory (methods) and the subsequent portion will consist of an extensive analysis in support of the author's argument consisting of close readings of primary texts supported by the incorporation of secondary sources (results). Such analyses in the humanities are typically broken into sub-sections that are organized topically.

In full-length books, you might see this general pattern followed over the entire book, within each chapter, or both.

Mapping an Academic Work


Click on the image below to investigate the different components typical to an academic article in the social sciences and sciences.

Link to interactive "Anatomy of a Scholarly Article" presented by North Carolina State University Libraries

"Anatomy of a Scholarly Article" by North Carolina State University Libraries is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution - Noncommercial - Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

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