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One strategy is to write down a quick summary of your understanding of the article right after you read it. This could be on a sticky note or in an email draft or a Word document, depending on what works best for you. Try writing down, in your own words:
What problem the researcher was approaching
What they did to study the problem
What they found
This might look something like:
[Researchers] studied [topic] by [method] and found that [results]. Limitations included [limitations of study]. The authors suggest future research on [questions raised].
Dwyer et. al studied how college students' perceive pizza delivery. They surveyed local pizzerias to determine the amount of pizza delivered to a large public university in the United States over an entire academic year and found that most of the orders were large (for campus events), indicating a decline in student excitement about pizza. Dwyer et. al did not gain any data directly from students, which is recommended for further research.
You might also want to include:
An important quote if necessary (including page numbers)
A short reflection of how this source fits in with your topic and your other sources (does it present a new or conflicting point of view? etc.)
A short reflection of how you might use it in your work (as background info, etc.)