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Scanning

Scanning helps you to find a very specific piece of information. For example, a name in a phone book or a word in dictionary. Once you've found the piece of information, skim the surrounding text to make sure it's what you're looking for.

You can scan a text in lots of ways:

  1. Look for the first few letters of the word you're looking for
  2. Look for words in bold letters or italics for important pieces of information
  3. Look for bullet points or numbered lists that might contain the information you need

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