The Ellen Clarke Bertrand Library

Information Literacy: Reading Strategies

Contextualize

Contextualize iconOnce you’ve finished reading actively and annotating, consider the text from the multiple perspectives.

When you contextualize, you essentially "re-view" a text you've encountered, acknowledging how it is framed by its historical, cultural, material, or intellectual circumstances. Do these factors change, complicate, explain, deepen or otherwise influence how you view a piece?

View the reading through the lens of your own experience. Your understanding of the words on the page and their significance is always shaped by what you have come to know and value from living in a particular time and place.

Tips

Contextualize 

  • Review - Consider the text from multiple perspectives.
  • Reflect - How do your experiences guide your understanding of the text?