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How To: Use Articles for Research: Introduction: Hypothesis/Thesis

This guide provides suggestions for how to better understand and use articles in scholarly journals.

Hypothesis or Thesis

The first few paragraphs of a journal article serve to introduce the topic, to provide the author's hypothesis or thesis, and to indicate why the research was done.  A thesis or hypothesis is not always clearly labled; you may need to read through the introductory paragraphs to determine what the authors are proposing.