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Strategies for reading
Don’t be afraid to jump around: Scholarly articles don't have to be read like a book, paragraph by paragraph, line by line. It's ok to skim and scan!
Read the abstract first: Previews the entire article, makes it easier to judge whether it is relevant.
Next, read the introduction and conclusion: Learn more about the topic of study and what the authors found out in the process.
Take a look at the tables, charts and graphs: Get a better idea of the results of the research or analytical study.
Mark it up: Engage with your source! Take notes, highlight important sections. Look for what is missing as well as what is there.
Find the source: Consult the introduction and references for other potential sources to follow up on.
Citation Software Tools
Zotero is a citation and research management software. It allows you to save all of the articles you have found and will create a bibliography for you.
You will need to download and install 2 pieces for Zotero to work correctly:
Zotero Standalone software application
Zotero connector for your browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Opera)
There is also a Microsoft Word plugin, which should be downloaded and installed automatically, but you can install it manually if necessary.
Zotero: downloadable instructions