|Purpose for reading the article||Assigned reading for class/homework||Reading in prep for an essay exam||Determining whether to use this source for a paper||Using the article as a source for a paper||Research project *, independent study, etc.|
|Order in which to read sections / what sections to focus on||Abstract, Introduction, Discussion & Conclusion||Abstract, Introduction, Discussion & Conclusion (might read article multiple times)||Abstract||All Parts: Abstract, Introduction, Discussion & Conclusion, Methodology & Results, References (might read article multiple times)||All Parts: Abstract, Introduction, Discussion & Conclusion, Methodology & Results, References (might read article multiple times)|
|Why to focus on these sections||To get the main gist of the article; for a class discussion or related assignment||To get the main gist of the article; to identify main themes and points and how you might describe them in your essay(s)||To determine whether this article can be used as a possible source||To identify main points and quotations that can be used in the paper||To identify the author's research question, whether it was sufficiently addressed and how, any gaps or limitations, and future directions for research|
|Questions to keep in mind while reading||
* Research has two meanings:
This table was adapted from Tips for Reading Scholarly and Journal Articles by Jodi Rosenblatt and Erika Smith.