Your assignment requires you to find research articles in professional journals. Look for the following elements in articles you find. Research articles contain most or all of these sections. Look in particular for a "methods" section.
• Abstract: A summary of the article
• Introduction and statement of the problem
• Experimental methods & materials
• Data collectionAnalysis
• Conclusions and recommendations for further research
• List of sources used
• Author’s institutional affiliation
• Date of submission, revision, and acceptance
Welcome to the Library Guide for Fitness for Life! You will find helpful tips for conducting a successful search for research articles and links to databases to search.
Four ways of finding research articles are described in this guide. Each has advantages and disadvantages and they all involve the use of library databases.
1. Database searching. Start with a search strategy, then try out your plan by searching licensed databases by subject.
2. Bibliography. If you find a great research article, carefully review its list of works cited and select the most relevant. Search for them in library databases using title, source, and/or author information provided (some html articles found in scholarly databases will provide links to these titles).
3. News article. The latest research is often reported in newspapers and news magazines. Find identifying information about the author, institutional affiliation, and research topic and see if you can retrieve the published article by using databases. Sometimes a link is provided in the article.
4. Browse through professional journals. Professional research journals can limit the scope of their coverage to very specific topics. If you know of a journal that fits your topic very well, you may enjoy browsing through its table of contents.
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