PS 103 Reading Handout - A Quick& Easy Guide to Reading...

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Unformatted text preview: A Quick & Easy Guide to Reading International Studies Articles for Comprehension, Critical Analysis, Speed, Clarity, Retention, and Future Reference (based on a guide by Dave Ohls) 1. Notice the author, journal/publication, article date, and title. These will provide helpful clues concerning ZKDW WKH DUWLFOH LV DERXW DQG ZKDW SRVLWLRQV LW¶V OLNHO\ WR WDNH¡ ZKLFK ZLOO JXLGH \RXU UHDGLQJ DQG KHOS \RX ILW WKH piece into context. - What profession does the author hold? How would that impact her style? - What sorts of articles are published in this venue? Is it a book introduction, part of an edited volume, an article in a scholarly refereed journal, or a piece from a mass/mainstream media outlet? - When was the article published, and what is its context in world politics/events? - What does the title tell you about what the piece is about? 2. Quickly read the abstract and introductory section, then re-read more slowly. The abstract and the first section (from the start of the paper until the first sub-heading, usually about 1-3 pages) is the most important...
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