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Beyond the Basics: The Research Process at UCBA

Self-paced guide introducing the process of doing research.

Reading Scholarly Articles

The Anatomy of a Scholarly Article video (3:12 minutes) provides strategies for reading scholary articles. The Reading Scholarly Articles handout (Word file link) illustrates the structure of a scholarly article. If you decide the article you've found is relevant to your research question then carefully read each section of the article and take notes.

Note-Taking Resources

There are several different note-taking methods. Some strategies while reading a potential scholarly article include:

  • Print the article and highlight or circle while reading
  • Add notes in the margins of each section of the article
  • Summarize the key/main points of the article

Note: Adobe Reader has helpful features such as highlight text and sticky notes.


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