Finding relevant research articles and evaluating their content can be intimidating, especially when you need to find a number of sources in a short period of time. Reading the every single article from start to finish is not generally the best approach when conducting research.
Find a way to take notes of concepts, quotes, and ideas that you want to include: post-it flags, highlighters, note taking in the margins, or making a list are all options that you may want to try. When taking notes, be sure to indicate if you are quoting or paraphrasing and write down the page number(s) so you don't forget and accidentally plagiarize. For more information about avoiding plagiarism and citing sources, please see the Citation & Style Guides.
Learning Strategies: Notetaking (Academic Skills Center, Dartmouth College)
Tutorial: How to Read and Comprehend Scientific Research Articles (UMN Libraries)