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How To Read an Academic Paper

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Improve Reading Comprehension With Pre-Reading Tasks
Before reading the text, ask yourself what you already know about its topic --recall as much information as you can. Think of related ideas you've learned in the past. Make brief notes about your thoughts or discuss what you remember with others.

Improve Your Reading Comprehension by Researching the Topic  
What kind of text is this?
What new information did I learn, and what do I expect to learn?

Improve Your Understanding by Reflecting on the Material and Asking Questions
As you read, what questions come to mind? (think about the questions and answers or jot them down on paper). Find the answers.

Test Yourself to Determine How Well You've Learned the Material
After your reading session, quiz yourself on the main points. What was the main idea? Who are the characters in the story? What information did you learn? Jot down your thoughts in your own words to help you remember them and give you deeper insight into the topic.

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Good readers are not born with the ability. They are, in fact, purposeful and strategic, think about what they know about the topic, whether or not they understand what they are reading, what to do if they do not, and how they might apply or use information.

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Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.

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