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Jess Calarco @JessicaCalarco
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My first year of #gradschool, I was overwhelmed by the amount and density of the reading. I spent hours slogging through. I had piles of notes. But I felt lost. So now, in the interest of revealing the #HiddenCurriculum of #highered, I share these tips with students: (thread)
Read as much of each article/book as it takes to identify the:
-research question
-data/methods
-argument/answer
-key evidence supporting the argument/answer
-limitations (i.e., what questions it doesn't answer; what perspectives or possibilities it doesn't consider)
Next, figure out how you'd cite each reading in a paper (i.e., some research shows that X; some research uses Y method). Then figure out how each reading relates to other things you've read (agreement/disagreement, adding nuance, etc).

Once you can do that, you've read enough.
And finally, pick a citation manager (e.g., Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote) and put *everything* you read into it. Use it to take notes. Use the tag features to group readings by subfield and method and argument. It'll make your life (and your research) *way* easier down the line.
For easier reading and bookmarking, here's a blog post that pulls together these tweets and a few additional thoughts on reading for meaning (and for sanity) in academia:
#HiddenCurriculum #highered #gradschool #AcademicTwitter
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