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As you read an article, ask yourself the following questions.
How does this article relate to your research project? How will it help you?
Does this article contradict other articles you have read? Which ones?
Does this article agree with articles you have read? Which ones?
What are the the crucial quotes, ideas, and points of view? Find ways to identify and retrieve them. Make sure you note page numbers.
What are your questions and concerns as you read the article?
Does the source falls into a specific category Background, Exhibit, Argument or Method?
Background: What background information does the source provide? What are the sources for this information/data? What have other studies/researchers found? Is the source informing me?
Exhibit: What data, statistics, results from this source can be used as evidence for my argument?
Argument: How does the source use data/quotes to connect with what other sources say? How does the source connect ideas/data to their own position or argument? Is the source providing a supporting argument or a counter argument?
Method: Does the author use a particular method or theory?
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