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Reasons for reading

Watch Jonathan discuss how to approach reading in order to answer an academic essay question.

When writing an academic essay, you need to show that you have understood both the topic you are writing about and the related literature. To do this you need to read widely around the topic and then refer to these readings in your essay, but where do you start?

In this video, you will learn how to approach reading around a subject for an essay using the example essay question for this course.

“Evaluate the success or failure of the World Bank’s approach to promoting water privatisation in the global south.”

If you want to find out if a particular text is relevant for your essay or not, you will have to survey a text. In the next Step, find out what this means and how you can quickly identify if a text is useful or not. You may find it helpful to remember the ‘focusing questions’ you identified last week.

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