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How to Read a Research Paper
Courtesy of Lori Pollock
When reading a research paper, answer the following questions:
Statement of the Problem/Goals:
- In one sentence in your own words, state succinctly the overall problem being addressed in this paper.
- What particular goals do these researchers have in addressing this problem?
- What contribution are they seeking to make to the state-of-the-art?
In a few sentences in your own words, what is the key insight of this group's approach to tackling the stated problem? What is their overall approach/strategy to solving the problem?
- How did the researchers evaluate their efforts?
- What conclusions did they make from their evaluation results?
- What application/useful benefit do the researchers/you see for this work?
- What limitations do the researchers mention with their approach?
- What additional limitations do you think might also occur?
- Write one interesting question to ponder with regard to this paper beyond content understanding.