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Types of Articles

  • Empirical Research Articles: usually around 5-20 pages and are complete descriptions of original research findings. 
  • Literary Analysis Articles: provide analysis of a particular work from a specific critical or theoretical point of view. 
  • Literature Review Articles: do not cover original research but instead look at results of multiple articles on a particular topic. These articles are valuable as overviews of the research on a particular topic.
  • Letters/Communications: Short descriptions of the latest study or research findings which are usually considered urgent for immediate publication.
  • Book Reviews: review recently published books in a particular field. Often contain critique or praise for newly published books.

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Anatomy of a Humanities Article

Humanities articles  vary for field to field in structure and format. However, most articles will have these parts.

  1. Title: tells you what the article is about in the most general sense. Titles in the humanities often consist of a catchy phrase, followed by a colon (:), and a Subtitle, which tells you in more detail what the paper will be about.
  2. Abstract: describes the article in approximately 250 words. Look for keywords and terms to help determine if the article is relevant to your research.
  3. Introduction:  sets out the basics of the article, including what it will be discussing, and what is is attempting to prove.
  4. Body: contains support for the Argument or Interpretation set forth in the introduction.
  5. Conclusion: states the final conclusion of the scholar. Sometimes will include information on further avenues of thought or research.
  6. References or Works Cited: Citations for every article referred to in the article. A Bibliography, by contrast, includes complete citations for every resource consulted.
  7. Endnotes or Footnotes: provides supplemental information or citations.