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Information Literacy Faculty Toolkit: Reading


Student Struggles

Students struggle with:

  • Summarizing articles
  • Making connections between articles and their courses or disciplines
  • Understanding articles that are increasingly specialized and full of complex, discipline-specific jargon

How Instructors Can Help

Don't assume students have developed skills on how to read scholarly articles on their own. If you don't want them reading and quoting exclusively from the abstract, help them understand how to apply strategies for academic reading.

Make students aware that reading is different in different disciplines. Model how scholars in your field approach texts.

Assignment Ideas

Contrasting Book Reviews

* Students compare two reviews of the same book that have different conclusions or arguments, and examine the evidence used by the authors to arrive at those conclusions.

Close Reading of an Article

* Students read and deconstruct an article as a class to become familiar with the anatomy, structure and purpose of scholarly articles.

Grade Preliminary Research

Requiring research notes, an annotated bibliography or research portfolio, or a rough draft can encourage students to begin the research process earlier, and to consider all stages of it equally important, encouraging students to engage in the reading process in a meaningful way, rather than merely providing you with a final product.