Chapter 10: Sources and Research

Deeper Reading: “Reading Games: Strategies for Reading Scholarly Sources”

Karen Rosenberg

“Reading Games: Strategies for Reading Scholarly Sources” by Karen Rosenberg can be found here.

In this essay, Rosenberg shares with you her personal experiences as a student who needed to learn how to read academic material more effectively. She explains not only why professors ask you to read academic/scholarly journal articles (as opposed to simply using Google-able sources for research projects), but also how you can strategically approach reading such complex texts to get the most out of them. Her tone is informal and conversational; she wants to connect with you in order to support your success even as you engage with source material that may be out of your comfort zone.

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