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Literature Reviews

Learn about literature reviews, how to find them, how to write them.

Keeping Track of Notes While You Are Reading

There are many ways to take notes on your readings while you are working on a literature review.  Here's one simple method. Create a document for each article you read and follow a consistent format for your note taking. It only needs be a page in length. Suggested sections are below:

  • Citation of work read
  • Background
  • Major Findings
  • Themes
  • Your Thoughts/ Reactions
  • Direct Quotes
  • So What?

Write this document in your own words so that when you come back to it to incorporate into a larger literature review narrative, you can easily know when to directly cite, when your're paraphrasing and what you're original thoughts are.

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