How to Analyze a Text

Getting Started, How to Analyze a Text

The following is taken from “How to Analyze a Text” by the English Dept. at Goshen College. Some things to keep in mind while reading:

  1. Read or reread the text with specific questions in mind.
  2. Marshal basic ideas, events and names. Depending on the complexity of book, this requires additional review of the text.
  3. Think through your personal reaction to the book: identification, enjoyment, significance, application.
  4. Identify and consider most important ideas (importance will depend on context of class, assignment, study guide).
  5. Return to the text to locate specific evidence and passages related to the major ideas.

I would add: How did they obtain data and are those sources reliable?

Would you add anything to this list?


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