After you've read the abstract and decided whether or not an article is relevant to your topic, you'll have to read the full-text. It's very easy for the articles to start to blend together, so it's important to come up with a method for note-taking and synthesizing what you've read.
There are lots of methods researchers like to use when reading scientific articles, but in general, there are some common steps:
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