Strategies for connecting readings to your coursework:
1. Skim abstracts
Abstracts give a brief description of the document that follows, so that you can decide if the reading is relevant to your topic or assignment and therefore if you should continue reading. when skimming the abstract, look for key terms and phrases that are relevant to your topic.
Use this checklist for skimming abstracts and sources.
2. Read certain article sections first
How to read a scholarly article. (2018). Western University. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SmOq6gENPM
3. Evaluate sources
If you skim the abstract and decide that it might be useful to your assignment, evaluate the source further for relevancy to your assignment and topic. Use the RADAR Framework (Relevancy, Authority, Date, Appearance, Reason) to help guide you evaluation of articles and other information.
Attribution: Reg Erhardt Library. (2018). Radar framework. Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Note: It's okay to use information from sources that contain strong arguments or opinions, but it's always a good idea to acknowledge the author's view.
4. Takes notes as you read
Keep your research question and main arguments in mind so that you can address them using the information you read in the article. See the "Where can I learn more" section for resources on how to take notes.