- Target your reading to the assignment brief - use your resources list or Library subject guides
- Begin by reading something general to give you an overview of the subject or check your lecture notes
- Write down some rough ideas or questions - just a couple of sentences as a starting point or draw a mindmap to connect thoughts
- Make a list of more things you need to find out in order to develop your ideas or questions and look for more specific material to read,
- See also Research on StudyHub
- Always analyse your reading:
- What is the author saying - can you summarise in a sentence or two?
- What evidence or examples is the author using?
- When was the evidence produced? Is it still relevant?
- Is there sufficient evidence?
- Are you convinced by the author's ideas or argument - why? or why not?
- How do the ideas from different texts fit together? do they overlap or contradict each other? can you draw a mindmap or diagram to show the different ideas?
(based on an idea from : Stella COTTRELL. 2008. The Study Skills Handbook. 3rd edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan)
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