Reading articles that are "above our heads" is one way that we learn and grow as scholars. Don't be afraid to tackle a "hard" article. You'll be surprised at what you can do!
Here's a more introductory-level option for reading a scientific paper:
1. Take a first pass over the article
2. If the article looks like something you might want to use, put it aside for a day or so.
3. Read the article again, following the steps above, but this time use your favorite methods for active reading:
4. You may need to read an article three or four (or more) times, but that's OK! The secret is to give yourself enough time to read, re-read, and absorb the information.
5. Your instructor or a librarian are happy to help you interpret articles.
1. Open this article (if you are off campus you will need to sign in):
2. Choose the pdf option.
3. Spend a few minutes reading the article, applying the principles for "Learning How to Read Scientific Article."
4. Be prepared to discuss five things you learned, or five questions you have, from your initial look at this article.