Reading and Understanding Scientific Articles

Disclaimer: This information should not be considered as medical advice. It is not to be used in place of a visit with a doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional. If you have questions about your individual medical situation, please consult with your healthcare professional.

After making the most of high-quality patient information resources such as PubMed and the PEN database, you may want to take your search for information to the next level.

Research articles such as those found in medical journals are geared towards clinicians and researchers, but there's no reason you shouldn't consult such resources yourself. This being said, it can be a challenge to navigate and interpret this kind of information.

With this in mind, we have collected some useful resources to help in your understanding of research documents:


 How to read a research article - Understanding

 Reading journal articles - Teaching and Learning Services (McGill University)

 How to read and understand a scientific paper: a guide for non-scientists - Blog at London School of Economics

 How to read a scientific paper - The Open Notebook

 How to read a scientific paper - Science Buddies

 How to read a scientific paper - Understanding Health Research

 How to (seriously) read a scientifc paper - Science Careers

How to read and understand scientific articles when you are not a scientist - Writing Scientist
      •  Part 2: Effective reading strategy

 Understanding the Publication and Format of Cancer Research Studies - (American Society of Clinical Oncologists)

 Understanding Cancer research Study Design and How to Evaluate Results -

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