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CHEM 3123 - Organic Chemistry Lab (JVL): Review vs Research Articles

Resources for the organic chemistry literature assignment.

Review vs research articles

It is important to distinguish between review articles and research articles. A review article’s primary purpose is not to present new research, but to summarize, analyze, discuss, and provide an overview of previously published work on a topic. A research article is designed to present new research, methods, and/or findings.

Research articles often employ the IMRAD (Introduction, Methods, Research, and Discussion) format. See the below article for a more extensive treatment of this format.