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Process: Notetaking & Reading

Reading and Notetaking

Decorative notebooks

Critical and active reading practices are a core component of research and learning. This guide offers a few strategies and tips for note taking and reading that may help!

Reading Strategies

Preview & Skim  

​​Look for structural cues: headings, sub-headings, figures or images  

Look for context: where, when, who created the text

Attempt to infer author's purpose and audience  

Read Actively 

​Annotate the text with your questions   

Relate text to your own beliefs and experiences   

Identify new terms, concepts or sources to explore  

Note key points or conclusions  

Outline & Summarize  

Outline to see structure & flow of the text  

Summarize to check your understanding 

State main points and thesis for quick review  

Question & Wonder 

How does the work contribute to your inquiry?  

How might the source help: as evidence, background, argument?

What does the author ask you to accept or believe?  

What evidence or persuasion does the author supply (fact, opinion, assumption)? 

How does the text relate to other readings (contradict, support, extend)?

Reread and Reflect 

Additional Reading Strategies