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Research & Publication in Medicine & Health

Components of a research article

Research articles will generally have some version of the following headings, however you may not see all of these and you may see some that are not listed.

  • Title
  • Abstract – helps to determine relevance of article to the reader’s interests
  • Introduction/literature review
  • Purpose of the study/hypothesis/problem statement
  • Methodology/procedures/research design
  • Major findings/results/analysis/discussion
  • Summary/conclusion/ideas for future studies/implications
  • Works cited/references/acknowledgements
  • Notes
  • Appendices
  • Tables, charts, figures, statistical data (throughout the article)

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