COMM 3450: Media and Society
Reading Scholarly Sources
Overview of reading scholarly sources
When you first start reading scholarly articles, it will feel challenging. Don't let this stop you from reading them! The secret is that you do not need to understand every single word--even your professors probably don't understand every single word. Instead, when you are reading, focus on finding answers to these four questions:
- What research questions is the author trying to answer?
- What did they do to answer the questions?
- What answers did they find to their questions?
- How do these answers fit into what other researchers have found?
Typical Article Structure
|Section||What to Look for|
|Discussion and Conclusion||