Annotating Articles

Reading through scientific articles can be difficult, but it is a rewarding practice. Reading scientific research effectively requires going through the same article multiple times. The infographic below from Elsevier is a really good summary of how to do this, and I have a few additions to this advice:

  1. Write down questions you have on the print out as you go (including definitions to look up).
  2. Write down answers you find to these questions (including the actual definitions).
  3. Use a different color pen and highlighter each time you read through (so 3 colors total).
  4. Plan to spend 2-4 hours total across at least two different days doing this.
    • Use day 1 for steps 1 & 2
    • Look up answers you can’t get from the article
    • Use day 2 for steps 3 & 4