Scholarly journal articles are written by scholars and for scholars, usually within a subject discipline. The main purpose is to report new findings to other scholars in the field. Since the scholars already share a highly specialized background, they assume their readers already understand some of the fundamental knowledge or jargon in the field. However, as a student or junior scholar, you may not yet have developed that knowledge, so reading journal articles can be a challenging task. However, there are ways to help you read better, and get the most of an article to support your research work.