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How to Read a Paper David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo
 

Summary: How to Read a Paper
S. Keshav
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON, Canada
keshav@uwaterloo.ca
ABSTRACT
Researchers spend a great deal of time reading research pa-
pers. 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 de-
scribe how to use this method to do a literature survey.
Categories and Subject Descriptors: A.1 [Introductory
and Survey]
General Terms: Documentation.
Keywords: Paper, Reading, Hints.
1. INTRODUCTION
Researchers must read papers for several reasons: to re-
view them for a conference or a class, to keep current in
their field, or for a literature survey of a new field. A typi-
cal researcher will likely spend hundreds of hours every year

  

Source: Akella, Aditya - Department of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin at Madison

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences