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Postgraduate Study

Reading and note making

Reading is a key requirement of postgraduate study. This page is designed to help you make your reading time more productive.

Reading and Notemaking in Postgraduate Study

Critical reading questions

Click here for a useful list of questions to help you think critically about your reading.

Stages in reading

Reading for assignments often involves two stages:

  1. Skimming the key information quickly to check if the journal article, web article, book is relevant to your needs. Here you can use the parts of the text: title, abstract (if there is one), introductory paragraphs, headings, conclusion to see if the text is going to be useful for your purpose.
  2. Focusing on particular relevant sections and reading them in depth – probably taking on notes on key points, noting page numbers and adding the reference to a list of references on Mendeley or Zotero.

Reading and notemaking

Reading and Notemaking Software

Useful resource