Module 4: Strategic Reading

Key Takeaways

We’ve come to the end of this module. Below are the key points that we hope you will take away from the topics covered:

  • Learning to identify each component is a key step in the strategic reading process, and will help you save time as you screen articles for relevance.
  • For your first read you can scan the outcome/results or conclusion section and make swift judgments about the relevance of an article to your own context.
  • While selecting your sources, you will need to assess the quality of the research question, the methodology used, the validity of the results and whether the study is applicable to your own review. To help you assess the quality of your chosen sources, consult one of the free checklist tools suggested in Table 4.1.


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