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FYSE 1419 Civil War & Civil Rights

Library guide for Amy Morsman's FYSE class.

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How to Choose an Article

After you've narrowed your results to academic / scholarly articles, how do you tell which ones are most relevant for your topic?

  • Read the abstract (summary) of the article
  • Read the introductory paragraph(s) to get the thesis statement and purpose of the article
  • Read the conclusion to see what the author found.
  • Look at the bibliography to see what related resources were consulted, and look up any that seem relevant.

Video: How to Identify Scholarly Articles?

From Cornell University, but relevant.