Most scholarly research articles follow a specific format with the following sections. These sections will always be in this order in a research article:
When people receive a serious medical diagnosis, they often want a second opinion. When we are researching, finding several sources is like that second opinion - it lets us confirm what we originally thought, or it brings up a dissenting opinion that is important to take into consideration.
A good rule of thumb is that you should review twice as many sources as you use. That means if your professor is requiring 4 sources for a paper or project, you should be closely reviewing 8-10 sources to determine which ones are the most relevant to your topic.
Serious researchers must do a thorough review of the current state of thinking on a topic. Luckily for us, they leave a clear list of the sources they consulted in their bibliography, which means we can find other relevant articles far more easily. See the "Finding Out More" box on the Reading for Meaning page of this guide for how to find these sources.
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