Reading for an overview
How can you quickly grasp the essence of an article and work out if it will be useful to you? First, read the abstract, which summarises the article. Check the introduction and then the conclusion. If the content appears relevant, now scan the topic sentences; the topic sentence is the first sentence of every paragraph, where the author makes their point. Reading through the topic sentences will allow you to see the flow of the argument through the article. Once you have gone through this process, you will know if it is worth reading the content in more depth or discarding the article and taking your search elsewhere.
1 November 2017