Answered By: Christine Andresen Last Updated: Aug 12, 2014 Views: 24
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First: Scan! When first examining a research article, a good way to quickly determine if you should read the article or not is to read the introduction and the conclusion sections—if the text in those sections doesn’t match your topic, you can assume the article isn’t relevant and move on. If the text does match your topic, then you should take the time to read and critique the other sections. For guidance with the process of reading a book or article, see Edwards (2014).