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

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How to read papers without falling into a rabbit hole?

Often while reading a paper, I will see a citation that that seems more relevant than my current one. I'll switch to the new paper, only to experience a similar feeling. Or maybe I need to look ...
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How to get students to highlight academic text more effectively?

When I give students readings (articles, textbooks, etc), they sometimes literally come to class with entire pages colored yellow with a highlighter. I cannot begin to understand how they discern that ...
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America community college reading class [closed]

I am British and very confused by the American system (although this is most likely due to my friend not knowing anything due to their situation). I am asking this question to help a friend that lives ...
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Method/tactic to extracting information from articles

I am generally curious to hear what sort of technique/method people have to extract information from scientific articles, in order to write e.g. introductions. I for instance, normally read an ...
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Reading article on a tablet or paper [closed]

I want to know which medium you think is better for reading articles, paper or tablets? Pros of paper: I can simultaneously take a look at a figure and the text in the article explaining the figure....
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What are some useful workflows for keeping track of interesting but not immediatly relevant books/articles?

I read lots of academic literature to stay up on my field (law). The articles fall into one of three categories: immediately relevant; clearly irrelevant or of low quality; or very interesting, and ...
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I need an efficient way to catch up with all the work done in my field of interest

I have an academic problem that I'm very interested in and want to explore the related research fields. Of course no researcher knows everything going on in a field but I feel I know far too less to ...
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How can I encourage students to ask questions in class

In my field (as in many others), students are assigned articles or textbook chapters to be read as preparation for classes (i.e. the whole class has to read the same set of texts). I encourage my ...
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How do you (digitally) catalog the books you've read over the years?

I wonder how you keep tracks of what you've been reading over the years. I'm not talking about things that are 'relevant' and 'precious' to your academic work (to that end, all hail to EndNote or ...
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How to tackle papers filled with unknown vocabulary

Background I am having a lot of trouble wrapping my head around papers for my distributed systems class. I and two partners have to write a research paper, and we must cite around 20 research papers ...
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Breadth vs. depth of reading in preparation for postgraduate study [duplicate]

I am considering returning to university to begin postgraduate study, but before that I plan to spend a year or two in industry to earn some money and also gain perspective on the idea. However, I'd ...
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Leading an Academic “Book Club”

Short form: How should one lead a collaborative "book study group" amongst one's peers, particularly when the leader does not have deep prior knowledge of the book? Long form: I'm an undergraduate CS ...
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Is it good to only read the high-rated journals as a starting PhD student?

I just started my PhD in computer science (first year) and I enjoy reading the high-rated journals related to my field. It is true that I find them, sometimes, complicated (in some sense) and I cannot ...
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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 ...
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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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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?

I feel like I can study one academic article for a very long time. Usually I end up spending many hours mulling over one specific article on the first pass. When you were going through your undergrad ...
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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 walk-...
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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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How to read a textbook for distance learning coursework - do I need to work on fact recall, or is understanding enough?

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 ...