Questions concerning how to critically read and evaluate peer-reviewed literature.

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How to test my understanding of an academic paper?

I am an undergraduate student in Computer science who has recently developed a very strong interest in logic and computability. I enjoy a lot reading academic papers but I am afraid that my ...
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How to take notes while reading textbook?

I am very interested in Physics and I want to read as much as I can. Most people including my teachers advise me to take notes as I read. But I find this very difficult. I can concentrate only on one ...
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How to write and publish a literature review [closed]

In Computer Science, you find yourself overwhelmed by the huge number of literature available over a certain subject. I searched online on how to proceed and write a literature review (in a way that ...
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How to read a research paper with too many references to previous works?

I am a CS undergrad student who is just getting started with research and reading papers. My mentor has asked me to read a few papers. While reading I noticed that every few lines there are references ...
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Strategies to remember papers that you read

What strategies do you use to remember papers that you read? I usually take notes, but when after a while I look at the notes, I don't remember most of the details. So I have to go back to the ...
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How to quickly understand the main idea when reading a paper?

I have problems in reading papers, specifically papers where the subject is not so new to me and I am familiar with the problem which the writer wants to solve. How to find the those parts which talk ...
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How to best approach literature with low informational content for good retention

My question relates to a certain type of opaque pseudo-technical prose that unfortunately is so pervasive in management literature. Authors with this kind of writing style like to make completely ...
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How can I politely explain to my students that the texts in my course are all in English and it is their duty to read it nonetheless?

Eventually I grew tired of having to explain over and over why all my class material is in English. It's a mandatory course in Art History. I want to put some warning in my syllabus to minimize any ...
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Is concentration an extremely important working habit? [closed]

I study mathematics and by "working" in the title, I mean researching and serious reading on my field (reading difficult papers, books, etc.) I believe the answer for other fields would be similar. ...
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University essay question [duplicate]

I am applying for a university scholarship program, and as part of the application I have to write some essays but I don't understand what they want exactly in the first essay. The question is written ...
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Techniques to “digest” large amounts of textual data (academic papers, books, etc)

I am a faculty member in a research-oriented university. I teach and I do research in social sciences. Similarly to most academics, a big part of my job involves reading. A portion of my "reading ...
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How long should it take to read a paper?

I am wondering how long it usually takes to read a research article. I can see that the answer depends on: The knowledge and intelligence of the reader The field of research The journal The ...
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Searching a pdf journal paper for mathematical symbols

When skimming through a long mathematical paper (in pdf format), I often find a mathematical symbol (often in greek and with subscripts/superscripts) that was defined previously somewhere else within ...
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Forum for discussing research paper

I am trying to implement an algorithm given in a paper. I have some questions which I would like to clear out since implementation requires complete clarity on all the concepts/algorithms/arguments ...
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Keeping track of and sharing what you read

Do you keep a list of all papers you have read? Are there any good tools for that? and do they allow people to publish what they have recently read? The tool I'm envisioning would allow people to ...
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During your undergrad, how much time did you put into assigned journal readings?

Bit of a n00b question. I feel like I can study one academic article forever. Usually I end up spending many hours mulling over one specific article (one read through). When you were going through ...
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Following literature - What is a good configurable publication notifier?

I would like to keep up to date with public literature in my research field. All relevant publications are of too big a volume to follow and so the problem invites some automatic mechanism of ...
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Increasing speed of paper peer-reviewing

When reviewing a paper for peer review, I consistently find that I spend way more time on a paper than if I were just reading it for understanding. How can one increase the speed at which they review ...
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In text listing style - how to use? Any downsides?

I'm currently considering to use a in line (in text) listing style, such as: 'Some things are quite good. (i) Thing A can do this and that, which is awesome because of this and that. (ii) Thing B can ...
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How to read 2 academic papers a day without confusion?

Assume you are reading two academic papers every day. What strategies can I use to decrease the possibility of confusion between the two?
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Is it normal to spend a whole day reading and writing about a single paper for a literature review?

I'm not native speaker and I'm doing a lit review at the moment. My Question is it normal to spend a whole day reading and writing about one paper? So I read the paper deeply and then write about it. ...
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What kind of papers is it acceptable to read during working hours?

In academia, one is forced to read papers that come out. Some of the papers I read are directly related to my work and then it is reasonable to read them in my working hours. Others are completely ...
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Is starting with the abstract and conclusion an efficient reading approach for writing a literature review? [duplicate]

I'm writing a literature review at the moment. I have many many papers to read and I don't have that much time (just one month). What I do is reading the abstract and then the conclusion and from ...
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Why am I worrying when I read a paper?

I'm beginner in research and I'm doing my PhD. I would like to know why when I read a paper I worry as if I have exam tomorrow and I have to prepare for it. How can I ignore that feeling and increase ...
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How to read an article? [duplicate]

I have searched the literature and I'm now have all the papers I need. I'm reading the papers at the moment in order to write a lit review. I would like to know some strategies to read them, should ...
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What makes you keep on reading articles in your non-English native language, while the same information might be published in English?

As a future French PhD student (in Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning) that legally HAS TO write his thesis in French, I am a bit concerned about the fact that less people would be able to read ...
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How do I understand the main concepts in a paper by just skimming through it?

What's the best method to understand the real concept that a paper is trying to explain? Should one go through the paper as it is presented, from first page to last page? Is there a specific ...
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How can a senior undergraduate find academic journals in math and computer science?

I am going to be a senior undergraduate and am looking to really find the area of research that I would like to be engaged in during graduate-school/senior year. I have submitted one conference paper ...
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How to read and take notes on research papers

In each research paper, there are a lot of things that I want to highlight for later use such as definitions, explanations and concepts... While most of them focus on the topic of the paper, there are ...
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Any pointers for reading articles digitally (on screen)?

First of all let me apologize for the title, as it is perhaps very vague. The issue is as follows; I have stopped printing my articles and instead starting reading them on screen via my library ...
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How to stay on top of recent literature?

When I started my Masters thesis one advice I got for getting good material to read was to subscribe to several journals' alerts system, so that I would get mails with eTOC (electronic Table of ...
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What is the best way to read a textbook?

There's perhaps a better title for this question, but I can't immediate think of one - suggestions for amendment welcome. I'd like to clarify the purpose of reading textbooks. It sounds obvious at ...
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How to skim through Phd Theses

My adviser asked me to go over some PhD theses over the weekend, and by some he meant three 200~ pages theses. Is there an effective way to skim through theses that you have figured out, as more ...
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How can I do a literature review efficiently?

For a new project I want to compile a literature review to determine the state of the art and possible approaches to start with. Last time I adhered to the following scheme, but it felt very ...
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Organizing my reading list in Mendeley

I keep publications from the literature in Mendeley for later reading on my iPad. There are many publications, so I need some sort of way of prioritizing the ones I need to read first versus the ones ...
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Good practices for skipping chapters when reading

Assuming I am reading a textbook/paper or any kind of rich material and then there is a point where I feel that the chapter I am reading is unnecessary or insignificant (I can get back to it later if ...
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Learning/Reviewing New Material Quickly

My question is : What is a time effective way to learn new material/ reviewing old material you don't completely remember? Motivation: For my research in Computer Science, I need lots of elements of ...
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What are the minimal screen parameters for tablet bought for reading papers

Kind of related to my last question: Is typical ebook reader with pdf support enough to read scientific papers (but I guess that this is distict enough). What are minimal sreeen parameters for ...
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Is typical ebook reader with pdf support enough to read scientific papers

I am considering buying either an e-book reader or a full tablet. My main motivation is to read books and scientific papers and I really don't need all the extra stuff tablets can give me. My only ...
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How to balance learning and solving assignments during coursework

I have a bad habit of trying to objectively measure myself and my understanding. One of the ways I do this is by saying to myself "I only understand X after I have read the entire chapter in this book ...
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How should a “brief synopses of each paper” look like?

I'm a exchange student that just arrived in the US. The professor is asking us to do this: Please write and submit brief synopses of each paper before class which include the following: ...
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How good are “For Dummies” books in Academic Study?

I am often faced with questions in areas which cross my boundaries of knowledge. For instance, as an engineer, sometimes I am needed to study the basics of Anatomy or something like that. This might ...
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How to choose the most worthwhile research papers to define my thesis?

I'm a first year PhD student. I'm just reading background papers trying to find a topic for my thesis: my subject is turning around tree different elements (XML (as a tool), complex data, and the ...
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Advice and tools for hosting an online journal club

I have some experience with hosting reading groups/journals clubs in an off-line setting. Usually we meet every week in a room and discuss the paper for that week. However, recently some colleagues ...
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Am I reading enough of the scientific literature? Should I read for breadth or depth?

Ever since starting graduate school I've tried to make scientific reading a part of my daily ritual; I track pages read using Beeminder, and the graph doesn't lie. It keeps me honest. I aim to ...