How can I tell if an article/study is scientific?
- Check the source: Scientific articles are usually found in scholarly journals, not magazines or newspapers. Journals like Genetics and Animal Biology both publish studies that are empirical.
- Read the abstract (summary): If it mentions any study, questionnaires, participants, or measurements that the author conducted, it is scientific.
- Format: Many scientific articles are broken down into sections, such as "Methodology", "Results", and "Conclusion". Finding these or similar headings in an article is a good indication that it involves a study or experiment.
- Length: Empirical articles are usually very lengthy, at least 5 pages.
- References: Does the article have references listed at the end? Scholarly researchers have to cite their sources, just like you!