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To understand a scientific paper, delve into its parts

 

Every journal article is divided into sections that will help guide you through the science

People feel rage over chewing sounds because of their brains. Deep-sea mining could hurt an adorable octopus. Volcanoes may have helped asteroids kill off the dinosaurs. These are all stories that have appeared recently in Science News for Students. But where do they come from? Many come from the scientific literature, where scientists share their findings. Anyone, though, can read the papers researchers publish in scientific journals. And doing so can help you learn about the coolest new science — and figure out which findings might not be so trustworthy. 

The papers in scientific journals can look complicated at first. They are long and filled with unfamiliar words. But there are tricks to getting through them. The biggest is knowing how these papers are organized. Each paper can be divided into nine sections. (Sometimes they get combined.) These sections are the roadmap to reading a paper and understanding the science.

 
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