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Questions tagged [reading]

Questions concerning how to critically read and evaluate scholarly material.

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How to make notes on journal readings – necessary, or emergent skill?

I'll preface by saying I honestly have a load of anxiety associated with this by now, such that it detracts from reading. I have never been a note-taker (only taking them when forced to by teachers, ...
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Is it normal to have a hard time comprehending academic papers?

I am starting my PhD in statistics program next year, and I have some concerns. In my institution, there is a mandatory course that every PhD student has to take in lieu of taking one qualifying ...
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How can you read an excessive number of pages in a short amount of time? [closed]

I'm taking 3 online classes. Each has a book I have to read. Each chapter is around 100 pages long in all of them, and I have a week to read them. I'm not able to do some of my assignments, because I'...
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Recommended course weight for online quizzes outside of class

In many of my classes (mainly with undergraduate students), I begin every class session with a reading quiz, that is, a short, simple multiple-choice quiz on their assigned reading, to make sure that ...
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How to stay up to date with large conferences?

I do research in a very popular area that publishes primarily at conferences (machine learning). The result is that a few times a year, my field has a large influx of papers. Just skimming the latest ...
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Why don't we still have a good eInk reader device for research papers? [closed]

There are so many people in academia. A lot of people who are not in academia also read research papers. And I'm not talking about the formatting part. I'm talking about just looking up research ...
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How can I tell if a paper is too old to be a reference for my research?

Current scientific databases hold papers that were published over the past few decades (I haven't checked what is the oldest paper available, but I remember seeing papers from the 1960s, there might ...
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“Breaking in” to reading papers in an unfamiliar field?

I graduated from my undergraduate degree about a year ago and took a job in industry. While completing that degree, I did research with a professor related to machine learning. However, after ...
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Difficulty reading scientific papers in two columns

It sounds stupid, but I came to realize that it's significantly more difficult for me to read scientific papers when they are typeset in two columns than papers in which the text appears in one column....
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Is it okay to struggle with the content of research paper you are reading?

I am a PhD student works in computational theory. I have been doing coursework for nearly three years and right now I am starting to reading research papers. I am making progress very slowly, taking ...
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Reading or listening to audio books [closed]

What's better, reading a book or listening to audio books? I've done a bit research, and most places say that on isn't superior to the other. But I'm not convinced by that, since I don't see the logic ...
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How do I read a textbook or monograph with good comprehension?

I’m not a native English speaker but my reading ability is good. However, when it comes to academic books, I feel that my comprehension is slow. What strategies or methods can I use to help me improve ...
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In academia, does the amount of material that one has to learn diminish as time progresses?

From my own point of view, the first year of a PhD is heavily packed with new information, theory, techniques, conventions, experimental abilities, etc. Let us call all these elements "material". This ...
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eInk eBook reader for reading scientific PDF papers (as of 2018)

While reading lot's of papers for my Thesis, I was looking for another solution than printing important papers. So I started browsing the internets, watched tons of reviews on YouTube, etc. I ...
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When reading papers, what's the most convenient way to check a citation without disrupting the reading process?

Papers can include clickable-link formatting with in-text citations. It's convenient to click a link to check the citation, however, it's disruptive to have to manually scroll back up to continue ...
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What type of books to read to improve Academic English? [closed]

Are novels good type for that purpose?
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As a new Ph.D. student (mathematical statistics) how should I read papers for research?

My question is about how to best read mathematics papers for research. I just passed the last qualifying exam as a Ph.D. student in mathematics (studying statistics) and I'm reaching the point where ...
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creating a reading list

Is the first time I write to this group and my question may be very basic (so I apologize). I'm getting ready to start my PhD and I'm collecting useful material for reading. I try to organize the list ...
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What's the best way to progress and prioritise my reading?

I'm having trouble keeping on top of my reading and am looking for advice on a day-to-day strategy. My diet is as follows: Papers for current research, teaching and exploration. I have a large ...
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How to deal with impatience when starting off in research?

I am half way through the first year of my PhD (physics) and I find myself faced with the following problem related to research discipline and learning new techniques while doing a PhD. The problem is ...
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Which academic subjects examine human reading? [closed]

Which academic subject(s) do the following questions engage? How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading is the only germane book that I found. For the same subject: What do authors ...
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Is it common to feel anxious when reading papers?

I am a graduate student, and I often feel strangely anxious when reading papers. I was wondering whether the same is true for other people. There are basically two scenarios where I feel that way: a)...
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Quotation/reference manager for print books

What is an effective and efficient system for storing quotes and notes from print books to be retrieved later? When we read books and articles in electronic format there are easy ways to mark quotes ...
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Is there a place in academia for someone who compulsively solves every problem on their own?

To be honest, I'm not entirely sure how I'm still in grad school. I've been researching under one professor's wing for two years now, ostensibly shooting for a PhD (note: no topic yet), and I have ...
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How to more effectively read papers?

I just started my Ph.D. and am trying to participate in a couple reading groups. Often, these groups will cover 2–4 papers a week. Upperclassmen seem to have no issue staying up-to-date and informed, ...
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What can I do, for I cannot read documents on screen for long times, but my required readings are too heavy?

1) My degree demands me to have around 50 lbs. of new books and reading each year. Second-hand books are not possible for my subject that changes every year. 2) The total cost of all this material is ...
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Learning new topic: read literature from oldest to newest or the other way around?

I need to start learning about a new research topic, I've been collecting articles for about a year now. I collected +400 articles, spanning a range of ~40 years. I haven't had the time to read them ...
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Identifying assumptions in a research article

Sorry if this is a very basic question but I have to clear my head. When reading a research article, how can I identify the assumptions it makes? Can I "assume" any non referred part/sentence to be ...
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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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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 information 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 ...