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Reading and Note Taking Strategies for Academic Writing

When: Friday, January 17, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Central

Where: 2122 Sheridan Road, Room 140, Evanston, IL 60201 map it

Audience: Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Elizabeth Anne Lenaghan  

Group: The Writing Place

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings


Assigned readings for seminars. Books and articles for research. Professional journals that chronicle the biggest developments in your field. There’s a lot of material for academics to keep track of, much less read and take notes on. Given as much, this workshop is designed to help you get the most out of your limited time by offering strategies for reading and note taking that are not only efficient, but also can help you to better use these processes to the benefit of your writing. We’ll cover strategies for reading quickly and synthetically, as well as offer suggestions for identifying when something warrants reading slowly and carefully. Additionally, we’ll discuss how reading with an attention to the genres and styles of your discipline can help you to better understand how to incorporate and mimic such elements in your own writing. We’ll also talk through various methods for taking notes in ways that will lend well to ultimately writing about the materials you read. 

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