Information Literacy Module VI: Preparing to Use Information Effectively
Reading sounds like a simple task, but it’s important that you get the most out of your research reading. Skimming is fine when you’re trying to figure out whether a source has the type of information you’re looking for, but once you’re ready to learn from a source, it’s time to slow down and read to understand. To do so, try something called “active reading”: have a conversation with the information. What strikes you as interesting or new? What surprises you? What do you doubt? What questions does this new information lead you to ask?
|Guiding Your Research|
|Now it’s time to do your own active reading! To get into the groove of having a conversation with the information, record all of the questions, comments, and observations you make while reading your first source. Write them out or use a voice recorder so you can share your experience with your instructor.|