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Scholarly Journal Articles: Structure and Function


In this guide, you will learn about...

  • the characteristics of scholarly journals, and how they differ from those of popular magazines and trade publications
  • primary, secondary, and tertiary literature
  • the peer-review process
  • the basic structure of the typical scholarly research article based on the IMRaD format
  • using sample articles from PubMed, this guide will examine each component in detail, complete with in-text questions to help you retain what you learn


Need help?

If you need help using any of the resources listed in this guide, conducting a literature search, finding full-text articles, or anything else library-related, please feel free to contact me. I may be able to answer your questions via email, or if you would like an in-person consultation, just contact me with several possible dates and times, and I'll try to accommodate your schedule.

Frances Delwiche, Research & Instruction Librarian, Dana Medical Library, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405