Some tips for reading research papers

  1. You will need to read through parts of the paper more than once. It almost always takes more than a single read-through of a paper to really understand and analyze the ideas/work presented.

    Here is a suggestion for how to read a research paper:

  2. Make an outline of the paper
    The idea is to create some organized information about the paper that will help you sort out the details. Highlight the major points of the paper in as detailed a way as is useful to you.

  3. Create a list of questions:
    about parts that you don't understand
    about parts where you question their solution/proof/methods/results

  4. List comparisons of this paper to other related work with which you are familiar.

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