After all of the work you have done in the Surveying and Questioning steps, these next two steps will seem pretty straightforward.


Take your notes with your questions listed and identify which readings are most likely to answer which questions. If may help to look at the introduction and conclusion for each reading.

Reading for class, of course, is not like reading a novel. Your goal is not to be kept in suspense about what will happen to the main character, so don't be afraid to skip ahead to the end of an article or textbook chapter to see what the main point is and what questions it will help you answer.

Example of highlighted and underlined text.

As you read, you can highlight, underline or take notes on sections of your readings that help answer the questions you identified.

As you read, highlight or keep notes on important ideas and concepts that relate to your questions. For instance, take a look at how the page at right is marked up to adress the question being asked. Your notes should always focus on the questions you are trying to answer.

Just like in your questions phase, in your reading phase, you may come accross terms you don't know. Don't worry if you don't know a word — just look the word up. is a great site for looking up words and names you don't know.


Before you move on from studying to completing your assignments, take a moment to look back at a few questions:

In most cases, it's good to make sure each of your resources connects with one or more of the questions you identified. If you aren't sure where one or more resources fits, take a second look at it to see.


Using the Study Guide, take a look at unit 2. You don't need to do all of your reading now, but go ahead and start matching the resources you will be using to the questions you have identified. Remember, some resources may be useful for multiple questions.