How can you quickly grasp the essence of an article and work out if it will be useful to you? First, read the abstract, which summarises the article. Check the introduction and then the conclusion. If the content appears relevant, now scan the topic sentences; the topic sentence is the first sentence of every paragraph, where the author makes their point. Reading through the topic sentences will allow you to see the flow of the argument through the article. Once you have gone through this process, you will know if it is worth reading the content in more depth or discarding the article and taking your search elsewhere.
1 November 2017
Test the flow of your argument by reading through your topic sentences.
Developing a critical mindset involves drawing on qualities including confidence, motivation, curiosity and effort.
‘Swiftly reading your own or other people’s work for the flow of ideas across paragraphs is a great way to improve your argumentation.’