Once again, the layering approach to reading and studying comes in handy as you do the main part of your research for a paper. The steps should be quite familiar by now, though some of the techniques must be adjusted to fit the special needs of different types of research.
Group your index cards according to each library or other location where the references can be found, and within each of these groups of cards arrange the sources in order of priority, from most important to least important. Probably the initial overview and preview you conducted of certain books or articles that seem least important will suffice. In that case, just put those cards aside for later use in writing the paper and listing sources in a bibliography.
In your primary research location—such as your school library—overview the most important book or article once again and formulate a slash recall pattern for it if you haven't done so already. After you overview this time, fill in additional information on your pattern.
Preview each section or chapter you've overviewed, and add to your recall pattern. Then read the section that you've just previewed and add more information to your recall pattern. While you read, keep the following two special considerations in mind. First, direct quotations you want to use in your paper may be copied at this point, with an indication of the page where they can be found in the text (for later use in footnoting). Second, if a publication has a great deal of important or densely presented information—such as a set of statistics or a listing of items or facts—you may even want to photocopy that page and attach it to the back of your recall pattern or index card. Postview anything you've read in the book or article that needs clarification.
Follow the procedure just described with the other publications in this primary research location, moving from the most important to the least important source. Then repeat this approach to compiling information in each of the other libraries or research locations that you've identified.
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