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Critical Reasoning for Beginners

Critical Reasoning for Beginners
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Searching for information Using appropriate and relevant information sources will help to strengthen the quality of your work and independent research. To find good quality academic information it is essential that you know the best resources to search within, and use appropriate search techniques. Using your module reading lists Most modules at the University of Leeds have a reading list to help you find out more about the subject. Reading lists contain books and journal articles recommended by tutors for a particular module and are a good starting point for finding good quality relevant information. Find your reading list. Understand your reading list It can sometimes be difficult to understand the references in reading lists. A book reference contains: author(s) date published title (often in bold or italics) place of publication and sometimes the name of the publisher. It will look something like this: Lewis, D. and Allan, B. 2005. A book chapter reference contains: It will look like: El Gharras, H. 2009.

Getting started with EndNote | EndNote support | Library | University of Leeds EndNote is a tool that helps you to collect and store all the references you have found from different sources. You can use EndNote to insert and format in-text citations and bibliographies within Microsoft Word documents. This guide will help you to create and manage an EndNote library, export and enter references, and use EndNote to insert citations and a bibliography. Download a print version of a guide to using EndNote (PDF) EndNote is available on all University cluster PCs and accessible off-campus via Desktop Anywhere. You can also install EndNote on your personal computer or laptop by clicking on EndNote in the IT Shop. Watch our training videos Take a look at our training videos for EndNote. Top tips for using EndNote Here are our top tips for using EndNote: Create one library to keep all your references in the same place. Further help If you would like a more comprehensive guide, download the full EndNote X9 user manual (PDF).

Note making explained This guide is about why we make notes, how to make effective notes from lectures and reading, and describes a variety of note-making techniques. Note making is not just about writing down everything you hear or read. It is a process of reviewing, connecting and synthesising ideas from your lectures or reading. Making notes helps you to: stay active and engaged during your lectures, reading and revision understand what you are learning and clarify your thinking be selective and identify key ideas remember the material organise your ideas and make connections plan and structure written assignments review and revise before exams. You can also see our note making techniques tutorial, which explores the different approaches you can take to note making. What your notes should contain All good notes should contain: Consider developing a system of symbols and abbreviations to help you speed up your note taking. Sometimes poor note taking can lead to unintentional plagiarism.

How to Use Easy Short Stories to Improve Your English You can use your English to learn about other people’s lives, study history, experience new cultures and explore new places. And you can do this without traveling anywhere! All you need is a great story. You probably already know that, in order to improve your English, you need to get some real-life practice. Even better are easy English short stories. Short stories will expose you to the English vocabulary you’re learning in a more natural format, giving you a chance to see the words in context and remember them forever. Read on to learn what short stories are and how they can help you with your English learning. So, What’s a Short Story? A short story is a short piece of fiction (made-up story). Short stories began to be published in magazines in the 19th century. Many American writers such as Edgar Allan Poe and Washington Irving wrote short pieces that are now considered to be classics. The Types of English Short Stories There are many different types of short stories. Try this. Review

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Bottom Line Ask anyone about engaging and effective Reading Comprehension activities and you will get a myriad of replies and suggestions. I know, because I asked! I asked educators and non-educators to send me either activities they used or remember being used when they were students. The good news, there are countless recommendations! Teaching has dramatically changed during my tenure. Academic Research For those of us who want evidence from academic research of proven Reading Comprehension activities, there is no end to exploring this path. Activating Prior KnowledgeAsking Questions While ReadingVisualizingMonitor/Check For UnderstandingDrawing InferencesSummarize/Retell (Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten Through Third Grade ) If the Reading Comprehension activity has one or more of these strategies, then the likelihood of success is high. Transactional Strategy Instruction One example that follows these strategies is Transactional Strategy Instruction. Use visual supports

Improving your reading skills Other useful guides: Effective note making, Thought mapping.Improving your reading skills will reduce unnecessary reading time and enable you to read in a more focused and selective manner. You will also be able to increase your levels of understanding and concentration. This guide shows you how to read with greater efficiency and effectiveness by using a range of different reading skills. Reading for study You already use a range of reading styles in everyday situations. To improve your reading skills you need to: have clear reading goals;choose the right texts;use the right reading style;use note taking techniques. Reading goals Clear reading goals can significantly help with your reading efficiency. Reading goals can be: an essay or seminar subject;a report brief;a selected subject area;a series of questions about a specific topic. Use your reading goals to help you identify the information that is relevant to your current task. Choosing a text Check the date of publication. Scanning Skimming

About SparkNotes Sometimes you don't understand your teacher, your textbooks make no sense, and you have to read sixteen chapters by tomorrow. SparkNotes is a resource you can turn to when you're confuzzled. We help you understand books, write papers, and study for tests. We're clear and concise, but we never leave out important info. As SparkNotes editors, our mission is to help you make sense of confusing schoolwork. Our Stuff At SparkNotes, we give you multiple ways to study: online, on your eReader, and with good old books. SparkNotes Guides: Our guides contain thorough summaries and insightful critical analyses. No Fear Shakespeare: No Fear Shakespeare provides side-by-side translations of Shakespeare into plain English. SparkNotes on Facebook and Twitter: Become a fan of SparkNotes on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. We're always evolving and creating new content, and we welcome your input and requests! Plagiarism and Cheating We're here to help you learn, not to help you cheat.

Plagiarism Game - Snowden Library | Lycoming College The benefits of citing your sources are (drag the following benefits to the appropriate category): Avoids plagiarism Respects intellectual property Helps reader find your sources Adds credibility Avoids arrest False True Citing your sources avoids plagiarism, shows respect for intellectual property, helps your reader find your sources, and adds to your credibility. Ginger can copy from an encyclopedia without citing the source because this information is considered common knowledge. Everything in an encyclopedia is common knowledge It depends on the information While much of what is in general encyclopedias may be considered common knowledge, many specialized encyclopedias contain information that must be cited. Tara can use an article in an online database without citing it if: It contains only information found in other articles She only uses the abstract She can never do this It was used in class discussion Incorrect! Bridgette researches and takes notes in her own words. Incorrect! Incorrect! Yes

TOEFL Reading Strategies - Better TOEFL Scores Blog Several TOEFL reading strategies will help you to use your existing English to get the highest possible score on the reading section of the TOEFL iBT. TOEFL Reading Strategies: Are you ready to take the TOEFL iBT? Unfortunately, many students take the TOEFL iBT before they are ready. If you can read 300 words per minute with 60%-80% comprehension, you are ready to take the test. Go to the 300 words per minute practice test. Spend one minute reading the passage. Without looking at the passage, take the five question multiple choice quiz. If you score 3/5 or higher on the quiz, then you are ready to take the TOEFL iBT. TOEFL Reading Strategies: Crap! If you scored below 3/5 on the 300 words per minute practice test, then you need to do what 1000’s of other students have done: Prepare, prepare, and prepare. When choosing a course plan, keep in mind the following: Choose your course based on your current TOEFL score or practice test score. Study your lessons for the recommended period of time.