a quiz to check your ability to critically evaluate possible research reading sources
Tick the things you should consider before choosing a reading source:
how up to date it is
who wrote it and/ or who published it
the language it's written in
How many copies of the book are on the shelf
the picture on the front cover
who it was written for (kids? the general public? academics?
How much information- that you need- it contains
Whether it has a reference list
Whether it's fair, balanced and/ or objective
Which of these sets of letters at the end of a URL suggest that it's a good source?
When you first look at a text, what should you read or look at?
The reference list.
Titles and headings
Every word in the main body.
Charts and graphs
Information about the author.
When you're first reading a text, which method is best?
reading for detail
What is "scanning" and when would you use it?
It's reading every word very carefully so you get the full picture.
Keeping the key information that you need in your mind, and letting your eyes quickly travel over the text, stopping when you get to that information. Good to use if you're only looking for one piece of information.
Just looking at topic sentences, and predicting the content of paragraphs.
Just looking at pictures.
It's reading through a text very quickly without stopping. It helps you to see the main focus of a text and where different information is contained.
What 3 things is it a good idea to include in a page of notes?
The source (either the author, title etc. or the URL) and some notes
Some notes and your thoughts.
The source (either the author, title etc. or the URL) , key words from the text on one side of the page, and your thoughts and questions on the other.