Research articles are typically structured in a standardized format (IMRaD):
- Introduction -- Rationale for conducting the study; Articulates the research question; Presents literature review of similar studies.
- Methods -- Who were the research participants? What kind of data collection was used? How was the study conducted?
- Results -- Detailed findings, typically with charts and graphs.
- Discussion -- What are the practical implications of the study? What are the limitations of the study? What are the recommended future studies?