NENG 221 Analytical Reading & Writing (Yamonaco): Finding Articles

Finding Articles

It is a good practice to read articles from different viewpoints  The SIRS Researcher and Opposing Viewpoints have topics you can browse. 

After you choose your topic, you may need to tweak it if it is too broad or too narrow.
Evaluate the articles. Use the following list to judge your articles.

•Author’s qualifications--who is the author? What makes him an expert? 
•Time article was published-how recent is it?
•Purpose of the article--why was the article written? 
•Intended audience-Who is the reading audience?  
•Author’s conclusion--what did the author conclude?

Write down the main ideas and summary of the article.

•Relationship to other articles-- how does this article relate to other articles you found that agree/disagree with this article? (do this after you collect 6-8 articles)

Personal reflection and critique-useful for the paper---what are your thoughts about this article? Can you use it for your paper/presentation? Why? Why not?  

Current Issues Articles

Select articles that challenge your reading level to improve your reading skills. These databases have lexile reading levels you can select to narrow articles for your reading range. Select articles from the last 5 years. Use the SIRS database first.


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