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English II Articles for Discussion

For use in Megan Dempsey's IL sessions

How to skim an article

  • Read the title and any additional information below or near the title.
  • Identify the author and anything you can find out about him/her.
  • Determine the "source" - publication or website the article/webpage is from - what do you know or what can you determine about that source?
  • Read the first paragraph or first several sentences.
  • Check how long it is and how it is structured.
  • Read any headings or noticeable quotes or call-outs in the margins.
  • Go to the end of the article and see what information about the author, source, or content is provided.

Activity 1

Which source type is it?

Use the links to view and skim your assigned article. If you are off-campus or on a personal laptop, you will need to login with your G# and password when prompted.

Source Types Used in Activity

Source Type

Intended Audience

Type of Information



Encyclopedia/Reference source general audience with little or no prior knowledge of topic widely accepted factual information


to educate readers new to a topic; to provide overview and background information


Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

How Stuff Works

News/Magazine article general audience with no or little prior knowledge of the topic

information and opinions about popular topics, current events, and social issues

short articles are on a surface level; longer articles may go more in-depth or cover a wide variety of perspectives on the topic

to inform readers about current events and issues

to potentially persuade an audience that has a particular interest in the topic or subject area 

to provide an overview of  a broad but current topic

Wall Street Journal

New York Times 


Psychology Today

Academic Book or eBook general or academic audience, depending on the complexity of the book; individuals who have a particular interest in the topic

depending on the book, information may be written for novices or people who are new to the topic; vocabulary will be defined and main concepts will be fully explained

more advanced academic books intended for other scholars will use more sophisticated language and specialized vocabulary; ideas will be explored in depth and existing research will be referenced; new research or ideas may be presented in full detail and connected to existing research or theory

to cover a broad topic comprehensively 

or to delve into finer details of a complex topic that can only be addressed in a lengthy work

The American Dream, Revisited : Ordinary People, Extraordinary Results

Military Deployment and its Consequences for Families

Scholarly/Peer Reviewed Journal Article academic audience of scholars and experts in a field

articles written by scholars for other scholars often on a very narrow topic

articles are often peer-reviewed, or reviewed by other experts in the field for quality, originality, and value to the scholarly conversation on the topic 

to share the results of a research study or in-depth analysis of an issue with other scholars 

to participate in a scholarly conversation about a topic of research interest to the author

Journal of Applied Research in the Community College

Journal of Child & Family Studies