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Pre-Research Information: Articles (AL): How to Look at an Article

Guide created by Anne Anderson. Direct comments to

Where to Look First

The screen captures on this page are of an article found in an online database.  Each box will highlight parts of the article to examine in order to learn some basic information about the article.

Where to Look Next

One More Place to Look

Often to the side or at the very end of the article you can see what TYPE of article it is, such as "News" or "Commentary" (opinion).

You can also often see what kind of periodical it is:  magazine, newspapers, trade journal, or scholarly/academic journal.