A primary article generally includes the following sections: abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, and discussion. We will be looking at each of these sections in detail. 1. (2) Read the abstract of the paper. Describe what information, in general, an abstract provides and how it might be useful to scientists or anyone else reading the article. 2. (2) Read the introduction of the paper. Describe what general information is found in the introduction of a primary article. 3. (2) Read the methods section of the paper, which includes study population, case ascertainment, control selection, data collection, and exposure assessment. Describe the overall purpose of this section of the paper. 4. (4) Describe how the description of methods in this paper is different from the description in the newspaper articles (secondary literature). Then, cite 3 specific examples of information you were able to get from this paper that you didnt get from the newspaper articles. 5. (2) Read the results section of the paper. Describe what general information is found in the results section, and describe the different ways the information is presented to you. 6. (4) Read the discussion section of the paper. Describe, in general, what issues are discussed in this section. Also cite 3 major points made in the discussion section of this paper specifically. 7. (1) At the bottom of the first column of p. 653, there is a date when submitted, and a date for final version accepted. The time between these dates can vary from several weeks to several months, or even years! Describe what is going on during this time period, and explain why it is important.
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