Unlocking the Secret of Scientific Articles

Unlocking Scientific Literature’s Secrets

For those of you who don’t know yet, the new Pinnaclife website was launched last Thursday. It looks great and we’d really encourage you to stop by and take a look at it when you get a chance.  Not only are the product information, labels and company information easier to use, the new web site has some fun little tricks up its digital sleeve. One such trick is a Shop tab that will take you to a feature that is linked to Google maps. All you need to do is type in your location and the feature will give you the locations of closest the retail stores that sell our products. It also has an easy pull down tab that lets you pick from available online stores.

Another tab that has been updated and improved is the Research Center.  On the left hand side of the Research Center Page you’ll find a menu complete with all the conditions and diseases that ingredients, found in Pinnaclife Supplements, have been effective against in laboratory trials. All you have to do is click on the disease and instantly the screen will be filled with subcategories that will give information on which of our products contain ingredients that evidence suggests helps this particular condition. Also the products have pull down menus that have PDF files of the actual scientific research that led to these conclusions. All of these articles have been taken from Dr. McCord’s personal research library and some of these articles influenced Dr. McCord to put that particular ingredient in our products.  The Research center is a wonderful resource for people when choosing a supplement that will best benefit them.     

Still the Research Center can be a little intimidating at first, because all of the PDFs provided are scientific literature. This doesn’t need to be the case. Scientific Literature isn’t as scary at it looks. With the right strategy and a little effort almost anybody can glean useful information from a scientific article. Knowing the standard set up of an article gets you a long way in understanding the secret.

The Title: The reason that the title of a scientific article is so long is not because the article is so complicated that it needs a sentence to describe it. Instead the title is basically summarizing the results of the article in one sentence. In another words its like a romance novel entitled “The Hero and Heroine Get Married in the End.” In fact, just reading the title often can tell you what you want to know without ever having to read the article.

The Structure: Scientific articles are extremely condensed and contain huge amounts of information.  Articles and adjectives are kept to a bare minimum. Quite frankly if canned cream of mushroom soup became literature it would become a science article. The good news is that if you just want to understand only the article you are reading, you can skip the sections labeled introduction, results, materials and methods, and references. All you have left is the abstract, discussion, and conclusion. If that’s still too much, just read the abstract. In most cases the abstract is the “Spark Notes” version of the entire article.

The last tool you need to tackle a scientific article is the Internet. If you get confused about an abbreviation or word a quick Internet search (yes, Wikipedia counts!) can clear things up and make an article a lot easier to understand.  Finally remember you don’t need to understand everything you read, figure out what you need to know and search for it within the article. With these tips you can finally fully utilize the Research Center on the website

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