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Annotate a Scholarly Article

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In this extension, you will annotate a scholarly article.

You will identify the claim the author is making and the evidence that supports that claim.

It’s useful to understand the context and determine the evidence for a scholarly claim when you’re writing a research paper or citing a scholarly claim in your own life.

To begin, open the starter document and make a copy.

Add your name to the title.

Quickly read over the article.

Make a mental note of any important themes or claims the author is making.

As you read, highlight any words you don’t understand.

In an article about a scientific experiment or discovery, for example, there may be a lot of terms specific to that field of study that you’ve never heard before.

Insert a table at the top of your document for the new words.

Then, add their definitions.

Create an annotation key.

Read the article again.

Bold the thesis, or the main argument the author is making in the article.

Next, highlight the cause and effect cited in the article.

The cause and effect tells you how one event or action leads to another and often acts as inspiration for a scientific research study.

Then, use a new color to highlight any statistics related to the study or the study’s results.

These results often form the basis of the author’s argument.

When reading research articles, it’s important to note the evidence the author uses to support the claims.

Outside sources tell you what research was done and how the author formed the main argument.

You could review the sources yourself to determine whether you’d interpret the information in the same way.

Highlight references to outside sources in the article.

These could be scholarly articles, academic journals, specific experiments, experts in their field, or news reports.

An article that contains a lot of sources likely has been thoroughly researched and supports the thesis of the article.

Update your annotation key.

Nice work!

You’re now prepared to summarize the article with supporting evidence.

Now, it’s your turn. Make a copy of the starter document, and add your name to the title.

Read the article, and highlight unfamiliar terms.

Create an annotation key, Bold the thesis, and highlight the cause and effect, statistics, study results, and outside sources.

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