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Questions to Answer
You should be able to answer these questions as your read and they will ensure that your summary is
- Is this relevant to my research? How/how not?
- What do I know about the research from the abstract. What questions do I have?
- Why did the authors do this study?
- What problem is the study trying to solve?
- How is this research unique?
- How is this research related to my project?
- What other research exists in relation to this topic?
Discussion / Conclusion
- What did the researchers conclude? Why?
- Are the findings unique and supported by other work in the field?
- How was this research conducted?
- What data did the study produce?
- What major factors could affect the results?
This list adapted from University of New Mexico's Biology 203L: Ecology and Evolution Guide
Guide to Annotating
As you read each section:
- Put a * next to anything that is particularly helpful for your summary
- Highlight words that you need to look up
- Put a ? next to any passages that seem particularly confusing, especially after you read them a few times
- Ask questions in the margins
- Summarize important things in the margins
- Generally take quick notes in the margins
After you read:
- Underline the most important sentence in the section
- Restate that sentence in your own word
- Make sure you understand the section as a whole and check out the list of questions on the left