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Resources for Reading and Critiquing

Reading scholarly, scientific, or legal literature can seem like a daunting task especially when those sources use specialized vocabulary. You need to be capable of not only reading these resources but critically evaluating them to determine whether they apply to your research. Critical reading means that you are conducting a deep reading of the text and are not just skimming the resource. You should consider a number of factors including organization, tone, logical consistency, authority, reliability, and bias. This section of the Research Process provides guidance on reading and critiquing resources like a scholar. Proceed to the next section for help with reading scientific articles.

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