Two journal articles which describe primary research - Senn et al., 2015 and Mitro et al., 2012. Reading research articles (primary sources) is very different and more difficult than reading a textbook. So far, what did you find to be the hardest part of reading these journal articles? What strategies do you find to be helpful when reading these articles (e.g. annotation is one strategy)?
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Reading journals can be very complicated. They contain a large amount of information and it is important not to waste time reading something that does not directly apply to one's research. As mentioned, one can annotate; however, the first thing to do is to check for relevance. The abstract and title are helpful for determining what the article is about. The next thing is to briefly check the methodology followed by reading the results section. Asking questions such as "who is the author," "what journal is this," and "do I understand the terminology" will help with one's comprehension. In addition to marking the document, one may also take notes as he or she reads. Taking notes helps for later review or to identify areas that need more research. Notes should be comprehensive, many software programs (such as RefWorks) exist that allow the student to maintain a catalog of notes, annotations, and articles. Once the student determines that the article is helpful, the student should list it in a literature review.
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Sep 30th, 2015
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