Academic reading skills

In your graduate study, you’ll be required to refer to a number of sources as a part of your learning and research, which means a lot of reading. Because of this, you may find yourself racing against time to complete your tasks and manage your study and work-life balance, and it’s important that you develop strong search, reading, note-taking and organisation skills. The following resources can help you with all of these skills and more:

Improving your information search skills


  1. Access your course-specific Library and research toolkit from the Library page or the left menu of your subject in the LMS to learn about library search tools, support and resources.
  2. Use the Library help sheet on information literacy as a further resource on writing good search statements.

Reading critically and reflectively


  1. Use the strategies outlined in the Academic Skills guide on reading effectively to advance your reading and comprehension skills.
  2. Consult the Library help sheet on reading skills for activities and added advice on reading strategies.
  3. Refer to the Library help sheet on critical reading to assess if a reading material is relevant and useful for your purposes.
  4. Access the Academic Skills guide on reading critically to learn ways of improving the way you assess written information.

Evaluating information


  1. Attempt the interactive exercise on evaluating sources and learn the different criteria you can use to determine the validity of the information you read.
  2. Read the evaluate section of this Library guide for some quick tips, tutorials and information on evaluating source materials.

Taking notes


  1. Refer to the University's CourseWorks resource on note taking, which covers several note taking methods.
  2. Read the Academic Skills guide—taking notes from texts, an additional resource on note taking that includes handy diagrams.

Organising information


  1. Read the CourseWorks resource on Filing and learn to efficiently file and organise your notes for future use.
  2. Refer to the Library help sheet on managing information and get to know about techniques and technologies that you can use to manage information resources.