1. I read the article straight through.
  2. I read the article a second time and copy and paste quotations I think are important to my understanding of the work. Some of these quotations will end up in the article, but many will not. This is likened to the "notebook" approach I used before I had this crazy idea.
  3. I think about the quotations, and I add my comments in bold. Sometimes there is lag time between when I place the Q here and when I get a chance to go back and write about it.
  4. Since this is a "notebook," I don't concern myself with grammar and mechanics as I will when I write the proposal and article. I clean up as I go.
  5. I encourage the authors (if possible) and any other experts to look over my comments to make sure I am fairly and accurately representing their work.