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91161 Cell Biology and Genetics: Research Articles

In this guide:

What is a research article?

Before you begin searching for a research article, it may be useful to understand what a research article actually is.

In a nutshell, research articles present original research results and discoveries. They are often divided into the following sections:

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Method
  • Results
  • Discussion & Conclusion

In general, research articles are very specific and hard to understand. You will probably need other literature to help you understand them, like review articles, books, and encyclopaedias. We'll talk more about those in the 'Understanding' area of this guide. Here is an example of a research article from Plant Cell published in 2010. You will see that it includes the headings mentioned above (although in a different order).

Now, let's move on to the Finding tab to begin your search!