IJLLL 2019 Vol.5(2): 51-56 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2019.5.2.203

The Effect of Reading in Shaping Undergraduates‟ Academic Research To

Honghao Xie
Abstract—Existing evidence has proved that reading is integral in academic writing process and served different purposes at various junctures of students’ writing journey. Yet, few empirical studies investigate the effect of reading in shaping topic selection and formulation. This study aims to explore the process of undergraduate researchers determined their research topic through several rounds of reading. A qualitative research method was adopted in this research and six sophomore students were interviewed respectively. Results suggest that the novel researchers perused assorted literature in the phase of topic selection, and they showed a proclivity on certain types of literature according to distinct topic selection principles. Academic journals, monologues, textbooks were chosen by participants. In the phase of topic formulation, reading literature journals helped them identify their possible topics’ academic significance and pervasive research method, through which they could locate a board research area, then monographs and books assisted them to apprehend relevant knowledge and to assess research method so that they could narrow down their key terms and research context and finally they could formulate an appropriate research topic. The alteration of reading materials was caused by their insufficient knowledge of their research. Pedagogical implications are also discussed.

Index Terms—Reading, academic writing, topic selection.

H. H. Xie is with the School of English and International Studies, Beijing Foreign Studies University, 100089, China (e-mail: Loic_xie@163.com).

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Cite:Honghao Xie, "The Effect of Reading in Shaping Undergraduates‟ Academic Research To," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 51-56, 2019.

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