Understanding Scholarly Articles the difference between popular and scholarly articleskey features of scholarly articleshow to "spot" a scholarly articleQuestions to ask yourself Introduction and Discussion. If you think the article will support your topic, then read the entire article. If you can answer the following questions about the article, then you have a pretty good understanding of it. How does the research fit in with what was previously known?What is the author's hypothesis?How was the study designed?What were the author's conclusions?How is the study relevant?Who does the author represent?How was the study funded?Note taking There is no right way to take notes. You should find the method that works best for you. If you are unfamilar with note-taking methods, these are good places to start.