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Skimming and scanning can help you select reliable, relevant resources without reading every word on the page.


Skimming is looking at headings, summaries and pictures to get an overview of what the resource is about and whether it's worth reading in more detail. When skimming, look at:

List of contents


Chapter Summaries


Site maps



Scanning is searching a text for specific words – such as your keywords – to decide whether it contains relevant information.

To scan effectively:

  • Take your time – if you scan too quickly you might miss keywords and write off a useful resource
  • Scan for the first few letters of a word, not the whole word. Look for words from your list of keywords
  • Use the find  function on websites, PDFs and HTML pages to scan for your keywords
  • Scan for synonyms and spelling variations.