Tuesday, April 3, 2007

How to Read a Scientific Research Paper--

How to Read a Scientific Research Paper--: "Reading research papers ('primary articles') is partly a matter of
experience and skill, and partly learning the specific vocabulary of a
field. First of all, DON'T PANIC! If you approach it step by step, even
an impossible-looking paper can be understood."

This much like the technique I have used for any kind of new material I have to read.

This is sensemaking really.

1. Skim the information to get a handle for keywords, jargon (look these up), referenced books and authors. This will take a few books and several articles.

2. Build a mental framework, try relating it to things you already know.

3. Find the experts in the field and get to know what they have written.

4. Keep a journal and record it all.

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