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COMM 2045: Reading Research Studies

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Most scholarly articles fall under two categories:

  • Literature or Research Review: critical analysis of existing research on a field, topic, or subject of interest
  • Research Reports or Articles: details of research projects and/or studies

For many students, this will be the first time you have read research articles and they can seem overwhelming. However, Research Reports follow a specific format and are organized into 6 sections:

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • References

6. References

The References list includes any sources cited or referred to in the paper. Most research reports and articles will have a long References list. You can use the References to find other research related to your topic.