The Ellen Clarke Bertrand Library

Information Literacy: Reading Strategies

General Tips

  • Set aside time to read, and find a comfortable spot as free from distractions as possible.
  • Consider the type of source and for whom it is written.  If you're new to reading scholarly articles, allow for even more time to read them.
  • Think of the text as an argument.  Throughout your reading, try to use your own words to re-articulate the author's point.  If you're unsure, go back over the section.
  • Be an active reader. Pause to note questions that arise as you read.  
  • Clarify unfamiliar terms and concepts.  Use a dictionary or reference sources for background information.

 

Reading Like a Grad Student!

 

Infographic credit: History in High Heels blog

Links and Resources

A Woman Reading, by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, 1869

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