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What is Critical Reading?

Reading (and thinking) acritically does not mean being critical about something and claiming it is flawed. Critical reading involves interacting with what you read. It means engaging with what you read by asking yourself questions such as, "What is the main point of this text?" "What is the author saying?"  It involves questioning, evaluating and analyzing. To read critically is to exercise your judgement about what you are reading, that is, not taking anything you read at face value. 

Critical Reading Technique:  Annotating Texts

What is Annotating?

Annotating is any action that deliberately interacts with a text to enhance the reader's understanding of, recall of, and reaction to the text. Sometimes called "close reading," annotating usually involves highlighting or underlining key pieces of text and making notes in the margins of the text. 

Why Annotate?

By annotating a text, you will ensure that you understand what is happening in a text after you've read it. annotating will help you summarize a text, highlight important pieces of information, and ultimately prepare yourself for discussion and writing prompts that your instructor may give you. (read more)

Articles on Critical Reading Skills

Reading an Assigned Research Article 

Critical Reading for Evaluation

Critical Reading for Analysis and Comparison

Annotating Text


Taking Notes for Research Papers


How to Read a Scholarly Article


Interactive Tutorial: Anatomy of a Scholarly Article

Interactive TutorialAnatomy of a Scholarly Article