Qualitative research methods are focus groups, interviews, content analysis, etc. In short, the data collected will mostly be words.
Quantitative research methods focus on collection numerical data. In short, the data collected will be numbers, such as sampling and statistics.
Mixed methods articles include a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods.
On this page are examples of abstracts of different types of research articles. We have highlighted the information you are looking for when you are evaluating and article.
Use the information on the results page to pre-evaluate the article:
Once you decide the article could be pertinent, open the full-text and read it. Remember, if the library does not have the full-text you can request the article through ILL-Odum Express.
A primary research article reports on the original research and findings of the authors. Primary research articles have the following sections:
A brief description of the scholarly article in the form of a title. It should at least give you a general idea about what the article is about.
A preview of the scholarly article. It should address the purpose, method and results that will be found in the article.
Describes the purpose of the scholarly article. May provide an overview of the field and previous research in the form of a Literature Review.
Describes how the research and what type of research was conducted.
Presents the outcome of the research.
Analyzes the results to determine what potential impact it could have on the scholarly field or community.
Reiterates points made throughout the article, including potential for further research.
Works cited throughout the scholarly article by the author. The list should contain all the relevant information needed for you to find the resource for yourself.