A research article has relatively reliable structure that allows readers to learn who did they study and what their credentials are, why the study was done, how the study was done, what was learned, and what else there is to research on the topic. The authors cite the prior research they read to learn about the topic both within the article (in-text citations) and at the end (the list of references).
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Jennings Library offers access to several key journals in the sciences. Click on the links below to browse these journals and monitor current research in your field.
Library databases have access to articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers. Every database has different content. This makes it important to use a database that has content on the subject you are researching. In addition, be sure to search in more than one database to find information.