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How to Read a Scholarly Article

Tips for reading academic articles and books like a pro.


This guide to reading a scholarly article will help you to:

  • Recognize academic writing as a genre of writing,
  • Identify the most common parts of academic texts,
  • Place individual works within a broader network of scholarship using the literature review section.

Picturing Academic Writing

The following handouts provide diagrams of academic writing that may be useful when reading scholarly books and articles:

As you work through each page of this tutorial, compare what you learn to recent books and articles you have read in your courses.

  • Do they follow the patterns presented here?
  • Are the components recognizable, but presented differently in your field of study?
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