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This guide provides starting points for research in Reading.


Welcome to the Reading Research Guide.  This guide will help you to identify resources (books, databases, websites, and more) that will help you research topics in this subject.

What is Reading?

What is Reading?

In a split second, a skilled reader identifies words, recovers their meanings, and integrates them with prior words in the passage. The average skilled reader recognizes at least 50,000 words having read about a hundred million words. Though reading seems automatic, it is a complex cognitive act consisting of several component operations that deal with the sequence of words, phrases, and sentences of a text. These operations act together to achieve the result of reading, which is the comprehension of the text. Reading involves other cognitive processes, including perception, memory, reasoning, and problem solving. Unlike spoken language comprehension, the reading skill requires a long period of instruction and practice. However, the rewards are ample as our society values literacy as a prerequisite for success.

The image above is entitled Couple Reading Books, by Erin Kelly.

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