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General reading strategies

Critical Reading

Understanding reading purpose

To read effectively, you need to know why you are reading a text, what you want to get from it and how to integrate your reading into your writing. Understanding your purpose for reading helps you to decide what to read and what not to read.

Your purpose may involve reading for an overview of the topic, for facts or more detailed information, for evidence to support your claims or for other researchers' interpretation of ideas.

Your purpose determines your reading strategies.

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