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SA 1105 - Introduction to Small Animal Management (Laskow)

Research Articles

Research articles are also often known as scientific or peer reviewed articles. If the article is NOT written by the person or group who did the research, it is NOT a peer-reviewed or scientific article. Research articles are important for knowing what new discoveries have been made. This is why it is important to use recent articles, since they will be the first things published on a new scientific development. 
Here's a quick overview of how to identify these journal articles:
  • written by the scientist(s) who actually did the research
  • follows a specific format 
    • abstract
    • introduction
    • materials & methods
    • results
    • conclusions
    • references 
  • assumes reader already knows background information about the topic has been evaluated by experts (peer-reviewed) 
  • Tip:  Look for a statement about when the article was accepted for publication. Most peer-reviewed articles will include one.
Example of a Research Article


Finding Research Articles

The Library's databases are great places to find research articles. Databases like ScienceDirect contain limiters which will only show you research articles. 

BioOne and AVMA only contain peer-reviewed journals. But not every article in a peer-reviewed journal is a research article. Remember to look for original studies.