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SOCY 101 - Introduction to Sociology: Home

Research Article Criteria

How do you know if an article is a research article?  A research article will generally meet these criteria:

  • Peer-reviewed
  • Sections
    • Method or Methodology
    • Results
    • Discussion and/or Conclusion
  • Bibliography/References
  • Generally lengthy: 8+ pages
  • Often contains charts/graphs
  • Includes a Literature Review section, but IS NOT just a literature review

Keywords to Look For

When trying to decide if an article is a Research Article, here are some keywords to look for, particularly in the article's abstract.

  • Study
  • Experiment
  • Interview
  • Survey/Poll
  • Quantitative/Qualitative
  • Sample Size


According to your professor, "the central characteristic of a research article is that the author(s) collected and/or analyzed data that involved direct contact with subjects (through survey, national survey data, census, crime reports, etc.)."

Only one of these articles is a Research Article.  Which is it?


Which article was the research article?
First Article: 35 votes (27.13%)
Second Article: 61 votes (47.29%)
Third Article: 33 votes (25.58%)
Total Votes: 129


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