Readings about Reading

15 Reading Games: Strategies for Reading Scholarly Sources

Karen Rosenberg

In this essay from Writing Spaces, Karen Rosenberg shares her personal experiences as a student who needed to learn how to read academic material more effectively. She explains not only why professors ask you to read academic/scholarly journal articles (as opposed to simply using Google-able sources for research projects), but also how you can strategically approach reading such complex texts to get the most out of them. Her tone is informal and conversational; she wants to connect with you in order to support your success even as you engage with source material.

Read Karen Rosenberg’s “Reading Games: Strategies for Reading Scholarly Sources.”


Keywords from this chapter in Writing Spaces

audience, academic, critical reading, reading, reading to write, active reading, reading as joining a conversation, rhetorical reading, discourse, prior knowledge


Author Bio

Karen Rosenburg is the Director of the Writing & Communication Center at the University of Washington Bothell. She received her Phd from the University of Washington. Rosenburg describes her work at the Writing & Communication Center in the following way: “As the Director of the Writing Center, I have the great privilege of supporting students and faculty in creating productive spaces to explore, revise, and re-imagine their writing and communication practices. I support students through in-class workshops, teaching, and directing the Center. I support faculty through consultations on course design topics such as creating effective writing assignments, appropriate assessments, and innovative ways of integrating writing into courses” (


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