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ENGLISH 105-6: How to Become an Expert in Roughly Ten Weeks (Shwom): Tips for Reading and Note-taking

Tips for Reading and Notetaking

When reading peer reviewed or academic articles, do not read them straight through!  Instead, read the sections in the order that will best help you understand and analyze the content in relation to your own research question.

  • Read articles more than once. 
  • Read first for the big picture, then go back and re-read for the details. 
  • Look up words/concepts that are unfamiliar. 
  • Take notes in your own words, perhaps as answers to the questions posed below.

Also consider: Notetaking Template from UNC Chapel Hill

 

Chart below derived from “How to Read and Comprehend Scientific Research Articles”,
a short video produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries