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Closing note -> Research is always open-ended

Closing note -> Research is always open-ended

There is always something more to read which can potentially give you more insights on your topic

You will never reach a point that will tell you you're done.

Since, research is open-ended, it can be hard to keep up.

Thus, it is better to decide before starting that how much time you want to commit to research.

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A major problem while doing research is that we tend to forget what we've read or where did you read it. 

  1. Some people use Zettlekasten which is a note-taking system.
  2. Another system is Caplan's approach, where you highlight the sections...

Experts always use the right words & you should too. They have chosen words carefully to point out minor distinctions in ideas.

Wikipedia is a good starting point to find the ordinary language that points to expert concepts.

Type your idea in Wikipedia as you see it, ...

These are some of the essential things you should know:

  • Sci-Hub is helpful to get access to papers. Alternatively, emailing authors can give you access to papers, but it tends to slow reading down.
  • Google Books can help you find specifics in a ...

Once you've found the right keywords & some main papers, try to find reviews.

  • Literature reviews qualitatively review all the papers on a topic.
  • Meta-analyses try to collect effects from multiple papers on the topic to give a quantitative answe...

Once you gained some understanding in a field, follow citation trails

There will often be dozens of other papers cited and can result in an extensive reading list. Thus it is helpful to limit yourself to the few most promising ones.

Citations should...

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Research is open-ended

There's always something more to read that can potentially give you more insight. There is seldom a point that will tell you you're done.

Because research is open-ended, it can be hard to keep up It is helpful to decide upfront how much time you want to commit to r...

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Srinivasan Keshav describes the three-pass approach which acts as a filtering system. It is an iterative and incremental way of reading a paper. It consists of: 

  1. The First Pass: The bird's-eye view 
  2. The second pass: Grasp the content
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Directness in learning

If you have a concrete objective (speaking a language, passing an exam), how you practice should match the intended use.

An extension of this idea is that learning broadly is a bad idea - that you won't remember "useless" knowledge. But this is false. Having an ext...

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