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Academic Reading: College Major and Career Applications focuses on developing essential reading skills while showing students how to adapt them to specific academic disciplines and career fields. Kathleen McWhorter offers a unique, contextualized approach that focuses on academic reading skills and also motivates students towards a particular area of interest or field of study. Readers learn important comprehension, vocabulary, and critical thinking skills, as well as how to adapt these skills to study specific academic disciplines. While doing so, they also learn what each discipline involves and explore the available career paths. As an end result, Academic Readingteaches essential reading skills while opening up new academic and career possibilities. 0321881583 / 9780321881588 Academic Reading with NEW MyReadingLab with eText -- Access Card Package Package consists of: 0205869165 / 9780205869169 NEW MyReadingLab with Pearson eText -- Valuepack Access 0321865820 / 9780321865823 Academic Reading

Table of Contents

PART ONE Fundamental Reading Strategies


CHAPTER 1 Strategies for Active Reading

Reading and Academic Success

Assessing Your Learning Style

Building Your Concentration

Developing Levels of Thinking

Previewing and Predicting

Developing Guide Questions

Checking Your Comprehension

Using the SQ3R Reading/Study System

Self-Test Summary

PSYCHOLOGY READING: Stereotypes and Prejudices: Seen One, Seen ’Em All


CHAPTER 2 Fundamental Comprehension Skills

Finding the Main Idea

Identifying Topic Sentences

Finding an Implied Main Idea

Recognizing Primary and Secondary Details

Adjusting Your Rate to Meet Comprehension Demands

Self-Test Summary

SOCIOLOGY READING: Diversity in U.S. Families


CHAPTER 3 Essential Vocabulary Skills

Techniques for Vocabulary Development

Using a System for Learning New Vocabulary

Using Context Clues  

Learning Word Parts: The Multiplier Effect

Using Word Mapping to Expand Your Vocabulary

Learning Specialized and Scientific Vocabulary

Self-Test Summary

Interpersonal Communication Reading: Principles of Verbal Messages


PART TWO Critical Reading Strategies


CHAPTER 4 Evaluating the Author’s Message

Make Inferences as You Read

Assessing the Author’s Qualifications

Distinguishing Between Fact and Opinion

Identifying the Author’s Purpose

Evaluating the Data and Evidence

Analyzing the Writer’s Tone

Annotating as You Read

Synthesizing Your Ideas

Self-Test Summary



CHAPTER 5 Evaluat ing the Author’s Techniques

Does the Writer Use Connotative Language?

Does the Writer Use Figurative Language?

Is the Author Fair or Biased?

What Isn’t the Author Telling Me?

Does the Author Make and Support Generalizations?

What Assumptions Is the Author Making?

Does the Author Use Manipulative Language?

Self-Test Summary

Public Relations READING: Women Mobilize Against Scruffy-Faced Men


CHAPTER 6 Reading and Evaluat ing Arguments

What Is an Argument?

Parts of an Argument

Inductive and Deductive Arguments

Strategies for Reading an Argument

Strategies for Evaluating Arguments

Errors in Logical Reasoning

Self-Test Summary


Should Online Sites Ban Postings by Groups the Government Identifies as Terrorists (Pro)

Should Online Sites Ban Postings by Groups the Government Identifies as Terrorists (Con)


PART THREE Academic Reading Strategies


CHAPTER 7 Patt erns of Academic Thought

Patterns: A Focus for Reading

The Definition Pattern

The Classification Pattern

The Order of Sequence Pattern

The Cause and Effect Pattern

The Comparison and Contrast Pattern

The Listing/Enumeration Pattern

Mixed Patterns

Other Useful Patterns of Organization

Self-Test Summary

HISTORY READING: The Rise of African Americans


CHAPTER 8 Reading and Evaluating Graphics and Online Sources

How to Read Graphics

Types of Graphics

Understanding Visuals

Evaluating Internet Sources

Avoiding Plagiarism

Self-Test Summary

BIOLOGY READING: Biodiversity Loss and Species Extinction

CHAPTER 9 Using Writing to Learn

Writing to Assess and Strengthen Comprehension

Highlighting and Annotating Textbooks

Note Taking to Organize Ideas

Mapping to Show Relationships

Summarizing to Condense Ideas

Self-Test Summary

CRIMINAL JUSTICE READING: New Ways of Administering Justice and Punishment


PART FOUR Strategies for Specific Disciplines


CHAPTER 10 Reading in the Social Sciences

What Are the Social Sciences?

Should You Major in a Social Science?

Tips for Studying Social Science–Even if You Are Not a Major

Social Science Textbooks: The Basics

Specialized Reading Techniques

Thought Patterns in the Social Sciences

Adapting Your Study Techniques

Test-Taking Tips: Preparing for Exams in the Social Sciences

Self-Test Summary

Psychology Reading: Persuasion or “Brainwashing”? The Case of Suicide Bombers


CHAPTER 11 Reading in Business

What Are the Business Disciplines?

Should You Major in Business?

Tips for Studying Business—Even if You Are Not a Major

Current Hot Topics in Business

Specialized Reading Techniques

Thought Patterns in Business

Adapting Your Study Techniques

Test-Taking Tips: Objective Exams

Self-Test Summary

MARKETING READING: New Advertising Techniques


CHAPTER 12 Reading in the Liberal Arts, Humanities, and Education

What Are the Liberal Arts and Humanities?

Should You Major in the Liberal Arts?

Tips for Studying the Liberal Arts—Even if You Are Not a Major

Advice for Education Majors

Reading and Analyzing Literature

The Visual Arts: Expression Without Words

Reading Criticism

Thought Patterns in the Liberal Arts and Humanities

Learning Strategies for Liberal Arts and Humanities Courses

Test-Taking Tips: Preparing for Exams in the Liberal Arts and Humanities

Self-Test Summary



CHAPTER 13 Reading in Mathematics

What Is Mathematics?

Should You Major in Mathematics?

Tips for Studying Mathematics—Even if You Are Not a Major

Reading Mathematics Textbooks

Thought Patterns in Mathematics

Studying Mathematics

Test-Taking Tips: Preparing for Exams in Mathematics

Self-Test Summary

Mathemat ics Reading: Problem Solving


CHAPTER 14 Reading in the Life and Physical Sciences

What Are the Life and Physical Sciences?

Should You Major in the Life and Physical Sciences?

Tips for Studying the Life and Physical Sciences–Even if You Are Not a Major

Specialized Reading Techniques

Thought Patterns in the Life and Physical Sciences

Adapting Your Study Techniques

If You Are Having Difficulty

Test-Taking Tips: Preparing for Exams in the Life and Physical Sciences

Self-Test Summary

BIOLOGY READING: The Promise of Stem Cell Research


CHAPTER 15 R eading in Technical and Applied Fields

What Are the Technical and Applied Fields?

Should You Major in a Technical/Applied Field?

Should You Major in an Allied Health Field?

Tips for Being a Successful Allied Health Major

Reading Technical Material

Thought Patterns in Technical Fields

Study Techniques for Technical Courses

Test-Taking Tips: Preparing for Exams in Technical Courses

Self-Test Summary

NURSING READING: Telehealth: Promise or Peril?


ONLINE CHAPTER Reading Research, Reference, and Collateral Assignments

Reading Research Materials

Alternative Reading Strategies

Documentation and Note Taking

Reading Collateral Assignments

Evaluating Sources

Synthesizing and Comparing Sources

Self-Test Summary


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