Scientific articles that report the results of scientific research generally follow the same outline:
Take a look to see how this corresponds to the cycle shown below.
The video in the box to the right provides some good context for understanding the scientific method and its importance to scientific research.
In BSC 2010C, you will be learning about biology, but you will also be learning how to conduct scientific research - how to design and conduct experiments to help you find answers to a specific question. You will do this by using something called the scientific method.
Part of the scientific research process is knowing what others have already learned, and to do this, you need to look within the scientific literature that is out there.
This library resource guide has been created to support you in finding scientific articles that you can use.
There are several ways in which the scientific literature is reflected in reports of scientific research.
Raff, J. (2013, August 25). How to read and understand a scientific paper: A guide for non-scientists [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://violentmetaphors.com/2013/08/25/how-to-read-and-understand-a-scientific-paper-2/
An example of the scientific method: coral snakes.