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Assessment Workshop 4

  • One critical review down, one to go!
  • You now need to start to work on your 2nd critical review
  • Which is due when???
Task 1 (Tough)
  • Use this assessment workshop - find an academic article on one of thinkers we will be covering in the 1st term (Plato, Aristotole, Machiavelli, Hobbes)
  • Are you looking for a primary or secondary source?
  • What search engines can you use?
  • What key words can you think of?
  • Remember week 4 Studying and Researching material will help you here and the video guide in the FPR week 7 AW.

Task 2 Tougher

  • Once you have found an appropriate article - be sure to keep a record of it
  • It's now time to start skimming and scanning
  • Advice on skimming and scanning is here
Task 3 Toughest
  • Produce a 150-200 word summary of your article
  • This is important preparation for your 1st critical review as the 1st section of that is a summary
  • Be sure to put the correct Harvard Reference at the top of the summary
  • This task is vital as it helps develop your summarising, paraphrasing and research skills. Advice on how to summarise is available here

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  • Skimming means looking quickly through a text to highlight and understand the main ideas. This technique helps you decide whether the source will be useful to you. Look at the following elements to get a sense of the main ideas: the title; abstract, short description or ‘blurb’; contents page and index; preface/introduction. Look at the first sentence or two of each paragraph or section. These tend to be ‘topic sentences’ , which outline the main point(s).
  • Scanning involves actively searching for specific information. This process is much easier if you know what you need to look for. Make an outline or list based on key words and themes. Think about where the information you want is likely to be. For a book, use the contents page and index to find the correct pages.

  • Writing an article summaryWhen writing a summary, the goal is to compose a clear, objective overview of the original article. The summary should focus only on the article's main ideas and important details that support those ideas. Guidelines for summarizing an article:
    • State the main ideas.
    • Identify the most important details that support the main ideas.
    • Summarize in your own words.
    • Do not copy phrases or sentences unless they are being used as direct quotations.
    • Express the underlying meaning of the article, but do not critique or analyze.
    Your summary should include:
    • Introduction
      • Give an overview of the article, including the title and the name of the author.
      • Provide a statement that states the main idea of the article.
    • Paragraph
      • Use the body paragraph to explain the supporting ideas of your thesis statement.
      • The number of paragraphs will depend on the length of the original article.
      • Start each paragraph with a topic sentence.
      • Each paragraph should focus on one main idea and the most important details that support it.
      • Use transitional words and phrases to connect ideas.
    • Conclusion
    • Summarise the underlying meaning of the article.