Once you have located the relevant material, you need to examine it critically by comparing it to other opinions and your own knowledge of the subject:
- Look at the introduction to identify the aims and approach taken.
- Look at the conclusion to see what the writer hopes to have established.
- Use the signposts you identified in your initial scan
- Read and re-read the relevant text to identify:
- the main points of the passage
- whether it is convincing in terms of the argument presented
- references to supporting/conflicting material
- whether it answers the questions you started out with
- whether it raises further issues that you will have to resolve.
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