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RSM 550 - Introduction to Research Methodology: Anatomy of a Research Article
The Article Citation
Shriver LH, Harrist AW, Hubbs-Tait L, Topham G, Page M, Barrett A. Weight status, physical activity, and fitness among third-grade rural children. J Sch Health. 2011; 81: 536-544.
Abstract - Getting started with a summary
A brief, comprehensive summary of the article, written by the author(s) of the article.
Author(s) & Credentials
Author information includes name, professional qualifications, and institutional affiliations. May also include author contact information.
LENKA H. SHRIVER, PhDaAMANDA W. HARRIST, PhDbLAURA HUBBS-TAIT, PhDcGLADE TOPHAM, PhDdMELANIE PAGE, PhDeAIMEE BARRETT, BAf
Introduction - introduces the problem, tells you why it’s important, and outlines the background, purpose, and hypotheses the authors are trying to test. The introduction comes first, just after the abstract.
Methods - describes in details how the research was conducted, and may be subdivided into subsections describing Materials, Apparatus, Subjects, Design, and Procedures.
Results - summarizes the data and describes how it was analyzed. It should be sufficiently detailed to justify the conclusions.
Tables, Graphs, Charts - visual way to show research results.
Discussion/Summary/Conclusions - the authors explain how the data fits their original hypothesis, state their conclusions, and look at the theoretical and practical implications of their research.
References - list of sources used by the author(s) in the form of citations & a great place to find additional resources for your project/paper.