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BA1001: Time, Truth, and the Human Condition Guide: Critical Reading

A guide to library and learning resources

Critical reading and note-taking

Don't read word-for-word and take lengthy notes of every paper you have to read at university. Try out these tips:

  1. Make sure you have a clear purpose before you start reading
  2. Read the abstract, introduction and conclusions first
  3. Use skimming and scanning techniques to find relevant information (inc. keywords)
  4. Use the reference list to help you find other relevant sources.

How to read research

The Cornell Method of note-taking

You may find you take better notes if you use the Cornell Method. This method encourages you to identify main themes and concepts, quotes, examples and evidence while drawing conclusions and examining the implications of what you are reading.

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