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Information Literacy Toolkit

How to Read a Scholarly Source (humanities)

What your students may not know yet

  • Reading scholarly articles is difficult because these texts are written by experts in a narrow field for experts in that same field
  • It is not historians writing for other historians, for example, but historians of women in late antiquity reading other scholars' work about women in late antiquity
  • Students may not yet be familiar with conversations that experts in a topic area are having - they may not even know that articles capture the existing conversation around a research topic
  • Students may not yet be able to recognize or evaluate the research methodologies used in the humanities
  • Students may not yet be able to to evaluate the use of and relevance of evidence presented in an article to analyze as evidence in their own research
  • Students may not yet be familiar with the jargon and common accepted knowledge in a field
  • Articles in the humanities, for example, typically lack the labels and structure of articles in the sciences / social sciences

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