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How to take notes effectively when reading literature

When reading literature for your thesis, there a certain things that you want to write down for the future in case you need to go back and add some information to your literature review. Here are a couple of things that you should always write down:

  • title of the paper/book
  • author(s) and year of publication
  • research question
  • methodology (type of methodology, sample, research tools and procedures)
  • 2-3 key findings
  • researcher’s interpretation of those findings
  • your thoughts and notes

To keep this information handy for future reference, I’d suggest you use a table, such as the one below:

You can download a copy of it in Word here.

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