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February 3, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Critical Reading Skills–How to Read an Academic Research Article

I think a couple years back I wrote an article on how to read a law review article as an academic or debater–this is a revisiting of a short portion of that insight:

• Why is this argument true?
• Whats the implication? Whats the impact? Who cares?
• Is it credible?
• Is it defensible in debate?
• How could I enhance this argument?
• How can I focus this argument? (signal/noise)
• What is the impact?
• How does this fit?

• Identify key moves in the field (history)
• Identify key theorists in the field
• Terms of art/Definition of terms/definition of acronyms

• Context (geographical, physical, institutional, cultural, and historical)
• Credibility
• Causal Chain (?)
• Impact (Paint a picture)

Systemtatically addressing these tools and perspectices can turn critical reading into a genuine skill that you apply throughout your schooling, your university experience, and ultimately in life.

Note: in relation to academic study, this doesn’t speak to the knowledge you need to understand statistics.

You can read through the original article here.

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  1. compassioninpolitics / Feb 3 2017 3:35 pm

    This is an interesting article on Critical Reading Strategies:
    http://www.salisbury.edu/counseling/new/7_critical_reading_strategies.html

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