Goal: To get the big picture of the paper
Duration: Less than 10 minutes.
Activity: Glancing over the following sections of paper:
Ignore the content of section and sub-sections.
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Use this only if you have to read the entire paper.
Duration: Can take up to 4-5 hours if you're a beginner(you should carefully consider if this step is worth your time).
At the end of this pass you should be an expert and know the paper’s strong and weak points. You can reconstruct the structure and explain to someone in simple language what the paper is all about.
Duration: Can take up to 1 hour.
At the end of the second pass it can happen that you still don’t understand what you’ve just read. Maybe this is not your field of expertise or you are lacking background information. Write down what you didn't get and fill the knowledge gap later.
At the end of the first pass you should be able to answer:
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:
Doing a literature survey is a bit different than reading a single paper.
A major problem while doing research is that we tend to forget what we've read or where did you read it.
The goal is to create a map of everything, so you know where to find it again.
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 research. Also, ensure making the end goal something about the information, such as writing an essay or report.
The world is full of evidence and studies, some good and some poor.
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