Sometimes approaching a large academic monograph or scholarly article can be intimidating, especially if you have a large amount of resources to review. Here are some tips on approaching books and articles for your research projects.
When first encountering scholarly material, consider skimming the following sections of the work in the order listed below to efficiently grasp the content of the work and evaluate how the material relates to your research needs:
This brief article includes information on how to determine your purpose for reading and devise a reading strategy that suits your purposes. "How to Read (and Understand) a Social Science Journal Article" by Frederique Laubepin is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution - 2.0 Generic License.
What gives someone authority? Not all sources have the same weight or authority, so think critically about the sources you use for your project. Ask yourself questions like the ones below, and do a little investigating.