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POSI 5340: Balanoff: Types of Scholarly Articles

This guide was created for Dr. Howard Balanoff's POSI 5340: Problems in American Public Policy class.

Types of Scholarly Journal Articles

Research articles

Report original research by the author(s). Also known as empirical studies. You will usually see terms such as "experiment," "empirical," "research," or "study" in the title, abstract, or introduction of the article. These articles usually are organized into sections, which describe methods, study participants, and results. Considered primary sources.

Review articles 

Critical evaluation of existing literature on a certain topic or field. These include literature reviews. These articles can provide you with a good overall understanding of a given topic. Considered secondary sources.

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