Sections of an article: more information

time to complete: 40 minutes

Earlier, you looked at the structure of an article from Urban Studies and Planning and realised its sections may not be what you expected. In the Social Sciences, it is not unusual to find specific titles. However, we will now examine article structure in a way that is not specific to a particular discipline.


Task: Go through the following slides to find out about the purpose of each section in an academic article.

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Task: Now, check if you can identify the different sections of an article by doing the quizzes below. The first quiz uses an article from Librarianship and Information Science, while the second quiz uses an article from Journalism.

Quiz 2: Journalism

Quiz 1: Librarianship and information science


Screenshots taken from:

Aharony, N. and Bar-Ilan, J., (2018). Students’ academic reading preferences: An exploratory study. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science [online]. 50(1), 3–13. [Viewed 14 October 2020]. Available from:  

Craig, D., Ketterer, S., and Yousuf, M., (2017). To Post or Not to Post. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly [online]. 94(1), 168–188. [Viewed 15 October 2020]. Available from: