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Introductory Guide to
Reading Research Articles
- A Self-Paced Learning Module

Peer Reviewed Journals
Types of Published Articles
Literature Review
Rationale & Purpose

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Literature Review

Research articles typically include a concise review of published articles on research relevant to the current article. It is not intended to be a comprehensive historical literature review. Rather, the reviewed articles should be narrowly focused on the issue being researched. The author’s reason for conducting the current study should flow naturally from this review of what has and has not been studied previously.

Ask yourself

  • Does the article include a literature review?
  • Does the article review research that is relevant to the current study?
  • Does the article provide a research context for the current study?
  • Do the authors provide a link between the reviewed research and the current study?

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