Reading academic papers is one of the most important skills for doing research. Many students find difficulty in reading academic papers efficiently and effectively. During my undergrad years, I used to read papers in a very inefficient manner and often end up with wasting my time reading irrelevant or low-quality papers. However, during the past few years, I have gradually learned how to read papers in a better way. I feel that the knowledge and experience will be beneficial to junior students. Thus, I summarized my thoughts and advises from others in the following slides, presented visually.
Other excellent resources on this topic:
- How to read a paper by S. Kesha
- How to Read a Scientific Paper by John W. Little and Roy Parker
- Efficient Reading of Papers in Science and Technology by Michael J. Hanson
- How to read a research paper by Michael Mitzenmacher