Research Guide: Scholarly Journals

Use this guide to learn more about scholarly journals and the peer-review process


Reviewing the methodology section

The image below show the Methods section of the article, where the authors are outlining how they carried out their study.

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this is an image of a journal article with the methodology section highlighted

  • The Methodology section of the article describes the procedures, or methods, that were used to carry out the research study.
  • The methodology the authors follow will vary according to the discipline, or field of study, the research relates to. 
  • Types of methodology include case studies, scientific experiments, field studies, focus groups, and surveys.
  • You may not need to spend much time focusing on the details of this section unless you want to replicate the experiment yourself.