How to Read a Paper - University of Waterloo

How to Read a Paper - University of Waterloo

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How to Read a Paper
Version of February 17, 2016

S. Keshav
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON, Canada
[email protected]
ABSTRACT

4. Read the conclusions

Researchers spend a great deal of time reading research papers. However, this skill is rarely taught, leading to much
wasted effort. This article outlines a practical and efficient
three-pass method for reading research papers. I also describe how to use this method to do a literature survey.

5. Glance over the references, mentally ticking off the
ones you’ve already read

1.

INTRODUCTION

Researchers must read papers for several reasons: to review them for a conference or a class, to keep current in
their field, or for a literature survey of a new field. A typical researcher will likely spend hundreds of hours every year
reading papers.
Learning to efficiently read a paper is a critical but rarely
taught skill. Beginning graduate students, therefore, must
learn on their own using trial and error. Students

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