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EDUC.7130: Research Writing in Social Sciences

Videos about NVivo & Lit Review

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Strategies for Getting Reading Done

From Harold Washington University:

Read the abstract first.
Previews the entire article, makes it easier to judge whether it is relevant)

Read the introduction and conclusion

Learn more about the topic of study and what the authors found out in the process.

Read the Literature review 

• An overview of previous scholarship on the present topic. Gives both author and reader a context for where the article falls in the literature. Likely to be a separate section within the introduction or right after it.

• Take a look at the tables, charts and graphs. Get a better idea of the results of the research or analytical study. 

• Read it! (for real this time) 

While You Read:

• Take notes
• Summarize sections or paragraphs
• Keep a subject dictionary, your textbook glossary or the Internet/Wikipedia close by. If you come across any unfamiliar terms, you can quickly look them up.  
• Keep track of the citation information of the articles you do read and want to use in your paper or assignment. This will make life a lot easier at the end of the project. 

On Literature Reviews

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On Reading for Research