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Library & Research Readiness Series for Canvas Commons

This series contains modules for use in Canvas course shells. Each module is dedicated to exploring information literacy and/or library use topics, each intended to offer an asynchronous method of delivering content to prepare students for academic resear

How to Read a Scholarly Article

This module (Library & Research Readiness: How to Read a Scholarly Article) has the following Goals and Learning Outcomes:

After completing this module, students can:

  1. Identify the typical sections and organization of a scholarly article
  2. Understand the common differences between article layout in sciences vs. humanities articles
  3. Understand how to best read the articles for use in their own scholarship

It was built with the following components:

  • Goals for the module (student learning outcomes)
  • Pages with text and visual information giving an overview of the basic layout of scholarly articles, with tips on how to approach reading them. Comparisons between articles in the sciences and humanities are used to offer guidance on how best to navigate them.
  • Two (2) videos covering:
    • How to Efficiently Read a Scholarly Article: Sciences Edition (11:00 min.)
    • How to Efficiently Read a Scholarly Article: Humanities Edition (12:00 min.)
  • A link to a brief online feedback survey, so that students can share their feedback with the Library.

If you have any questions about this module or any of the other Library & Research Readiness modules in Canvas Commons, please contact both and

Find the module here in Canvas Commons.