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General reading strategies

Critical Reading

Introduction to reading a research article


Understanding how to read the research literature is an important component of writing a successful report. You will need to use information from other research to support your own findings in your report.

Typically, there are two places where you will use the research literature in your report: in the introduction and the discussion. In the introduction of your report you may wish to support your explanation of concepts in biology with explanations from other research. In your discussion, some of your claims may be backed up by other research or other research may have limitations you wish to discuss critically.