A quick tutorial on reading and understanding a scientific paper, created and shared by Dr. Jennifer Raff, a research fellow in Anthropology at the University of Texas-Austin.
When looking for articles on your topic, the best way to start is to search within article databases. The Library has access to dozens of databases, which in turn index thousands of periodicals. Many, but not all, contain the full-text of articles.
To find the appropriate databases, go to the Library website.
Once in a database, start with a KEYWORD search using words relevant to your topic. When you see an article that looks interesting, click on the title to see the complete citation. If there are SUBJECT TERMS or DESCRIPTORS, click on those that seem related to your topic to get other articles on the subject.
These databases contain both full text and abstracts of articles covering a wide range of subjects and disciplines. Any of these databases would be a good place to begin a research project or paper.
Review articles provide an overview of a topic, highlighting the major work and providing many key references.