3.3 How to Read a Research Article

Topics covered in this lesson include a breakdown of the components of a research article and how to understand what you’re reading. Some questions to consider while completing this lesson include:

  • What is the point of a research article?
  • What can reading a research article add to my expertise as a Citizen Scientist?
  • In which section will the authors describe the limitations and next steps of the study?

Learning Objectives

  • State the major sections of a research article
  • Describe the key points of a research article
  • Explain the purpose of the article’s abstract

Video Tutorial

Presented By: Vijay Vasudevan


Practice Activity

Instructions: After watching the video tutorial, complete the following practice assessment. Choose the best answer for each question, and check your response for immediate feedback.



What advice would you give to new Citizen Scientists?


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