Academic Reading

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A variety of resources to enhance your critical reading and thinking skills

Use these resources to help you to develop critical thinking and reading skills to inform your written work. Reading widely will help you to understand your subject more fully and expose you to different academic writing styles. This in turn will help you to improve your own writing.

Thinking critically (i-spy tutorial, available only to University of Hertfordshire students)

Thinking critically involves questioning what you see and hear, evaluating, categorising and finding relationships. It also means spotting the gaps and the false assumptions in an argument.

 

Recognising bias (i-spy tutorial, available only to University of Hertfordshire students)

It is important that you can recognise bias in all its forms so that you can critique the work of others objectively and fairly. Bias arises in multiple ways, for example an author may seem to be favouring one particular group of people, or to be prejudiced against another. Bias can also arise in research for example where the findings have been unduly influenced by the researcher’s own beliefs and values.

 

Evaluating and verifying (i-spy tutorial, available only to University of Hertfordshire students)

Evaluation involves making an informed judgement about the value of something. This resource teaches skills around evaluating text, videos or audio.  

 

UEfAP Reading Section

The information in this link will help you to read efficiently in order to write academically. The skills of scanning, surveying, skimming text and using a title are discussed, as well as getting to understand text and read critically.