Parts of a Scholarly Article

Academic or scholarly articles tend to have a formal structure. While disciplines might vary the headings or structure, and journals may have different layouts, most articles will contain sections that serve a particular purpose. Below is a shortened version of a real scholarly article adapted to identify the parts of an article.

Let’s look at some of the most useful parts by using this sample article below. Click each of the plus signs below to learn more.

Click here for a PDF listing the definitions of the parts of a scholarly article.

Note: The original of the example article above is open access and can be read online.

Once you have an explored the different parts of scholarly articles, answer the questions in “Part 2: Parts of a Scholarly Article” of your worksheet.


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