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ENG 101: Composition (Dimock)

Reading Scholarly Articles Video

Reading Strategies to Help Compile Information

1. Identify what you know--identify what you already know about the topic before reading

2. Identify what you want to know--create a list of questions identifying what you want to know more about

3. Identify what you learned--answer your questions and identify what new information you have learned

1. Before you read, survey:

  • title, headings, and subheadings
  • captions under pictures, charts, graphs, maps, etc
  • introductory and concluding paragraphs
  • summary
  • the list of questions you have identified which need to be answered

2. Question while you are surveying:

  • develop questions based on the information gleaned from the title, headings, and subheadings in addition to those already identified
  • take note of what you already know

3. When you begin to read:

  • look for answers to your questions
  • reread captions under pictures, charts, etc.
  • pay particular attention to underlined, italicized, bold printed words or phrases
  • slow down when reading difficult or complex passages
  • reread parts that are not clear

4. Recite after you have read a section:

  • ask yourself questions about and/or summarize what you have read
  • take notes by paraphrasing key concepts and ideas in your own words
  • use more than one of your senses to help you remember--seeing, saying, hearing, writing

5. Review--ongoing process

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