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Disciplinary Approaches to Composing Texts

Reading in Exercise Science

by Dr. Jeffrey Bell

Students must develop confidence in their reading skills so that they can successfully read scientific manuscripts. In order to develop these skills, students have to be willing to define words and revisit concepts during the reading process. The best habit that students need to develop is to read intentionally and with strong mental focus. By reading for comprehension instead of reading for completion, students will be better prepared for the complicated writings they will encounter.

Resources for reading

The Duke University Thompson Writing Program has an excellent guide to reading a scientific journal article. The steps for this process are explained. It is also a good resource for students needing to write a research article summary or research critique. It can be retrieved at

In addition, the Purdue Online Writing Lab (Purdue OWL) has an online tutorial on how to read a scientific manuscript. This tutorial can be accessed through the Purdue OWL website at


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