When searching for articles on a topic, remember to think carefully about your search terms. Being a little more thoughtful in your searching will give you better results. Use these steps to create your search strategy:
Try using this worksheet to help you create a good search:
Research articles contain different sections, your research article may contain all or some of these sections:
Title and Author information: The title provides the main idea of the article and authors are listed, along with their affiliation.
Abstract: A paragraph that summarizes the article.
Introduction (may not always be labeled): Provides background, states the purpose of the research, may discuss previous research leading up to the study, and may state a hypothesis or question.
Method or Methodology: Describes how the research was conducted, with details about the study sample, assessment measures and procedure.
Results or Findings: A summary of the findings presented in text or table format, may have individual sections with specific information.
Discussion, Comments or Conclusion: Explains how the results answered the research question and may suggest future areas for research.
References: A listing of works cited by the author(s).