How to Read a Scientific Research Paper
Author: Durbin, Charles G
Source: Respiratory Care, Volume 54, Number 10, October 2009 , pp. 1366-1371(6)
Publisher: The Journal Respiratory Care Company
Abstract:Reading is the most common way that adults learn. With the exponential growth in information, no one has time to read all they need. Reading original research, although difficult, is rewarding and important for growth. Building on past knowledge, the reader should select papers about which he already holds an opinion. Rather than starting at the beginning, this author suggests approaching a paper by reading the conclusions in the abstract first. The methods should be next reviewed, then the results—first in the abstract, and then the full paper. For efficiency, at each step, reasons should be sought not to read any further in the paper. By using this approach, new knowledge will be obtained and many papers will be evaluated, read, and considered.
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