2023-08-25 Fri

How to read a scientific paper

Rick Gilmore



Figure 1: Optional anonymous survey: https://forms.gle/DEvDGc3boXQuMkg7A

Results so far


  • Brief discussion of Survey 01

How to read a scientific paper

Survey 01


Survey 01 results

How to read a scientific paper

Gilmore’s “inside-out” suggestions

  • Abstract
  • Then methods
  • Then results, especially figures
  • Highlight/look up jargon
  • Conclusion, then introduction

Next time

How science works (or should)



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