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How to read a journal article

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Do your students demonstrate frustration or lack understanding when reading journal articles?  Are you a research administrator who wants to leverage available information for your researchers but needs some tips on the most efficient ways to gather that info?cropped-cropped-toolkit-24157707-copy.jpg

Check out the summary (2013) below by Frederique Laubepin, Ph.D., an Instructional Learning Senior at the Inter-­‐university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).  Dr. Laubepin provides an overview of basic information about journal articles.  She also summarizes the components of an article as well as strategies for purposeful reading.  Even though journal articles can be challenging to read, when one understands the structure of an article, understanding content becomes easier.  Check out the Resources for Students section to download a PDF of Dr. Laubepin’s essay.

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Author: Jeanine Jesberg

Jeanine Jesberg is a grants consultant, Certified Research Administrator (CRA), and licensed clinical speech-language pathologist (CCC-SLP) specializing in work with academic institutions and non-profit organizations. Her multi-faceted career includes several positions, including Program Director, Director of Research Operations, and Executive Director, at the University of Chicago as well as Manager of Research Administration at Northwestern University with knowledge that spans strategic planning, conference planning, program management, budget development, research operations, and research administration. She also has over 15 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist in the roles of clinician, Clinical Instructor, Lecturer, private practice Founder/CEO, and speaker. Jeanine currently lives and works in Chicago, IL.

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