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How to Read a Scholarly Article

Guide to reading academic, peer-reviewed articles effectively and efficiently.

Picturing Academic Writing

The following handouts provide diagrams of academic writing that may be useful when reading scholarly books and articles:


Additional reading on rhetorical features of academic writing and scholarship as a genre.

Bazerman, Charles. 1988. Shaping Written Knowledge: The Genre and Activity of the Experimental Article in Science. Rhetoric of the Human Sciences. Madison, Wis: University of Wisconsin Press.

Hyland, Ken. 2004. Disciplinary Discourses : Social Interactions in Academic Writing. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Knorr-Cetina, Karin. 1999. Epistemic Cultures: How the Sciences Make Knowledge. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.

Latour, Bruno. 1987. Science in Action : How to Follow Scientists and Engineers through Society. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.

Swales, John. 1990. Genre Analysis : English in Academic and Research Settings. The Cambridge Applied Linguistics Series. Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press.

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