It can be helpful to keep track of your search strategies as you search the literature. Knowing:
Can help you:
To keep track of your searches, use this search log template.
It's not always effective to read every article from beginning to end as you go through the literature. While you'll want to read an article before you cite it, read these sections first as you do your initial pass through your search results.
As you read an article, you may wish to take notes about what you've read. Here are some things to consider as you take notes:
Here are some examples of what your note-taking could look like:
Now is a good time to write these ideas in your own words. This will not only make it easier to understand what you're reading, but also help you practice paraphrasing to avoid plagiarism down the road.