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How to read a scientific paper?: Home

There are different ways to tackle reading papers in the Sciences. No one method works for everyone. This is a compilation of some ways to break down the process of reading and interpreting a scientific paper.

First things First!

Recognize that the task at hand is challenging

Recognize that there are tools and resources available that are specific to different disciplines

Know that there isn’t a single solution that works perfectly for everyone

Start figuring out what works best for you

How to use this guide?

If you have never read a scientific paper before we recommend that you work through each tab of this libguide and slowly read and process all the information before starting to read a paper. If you are comfortable reading scientific papers but are here for some extra tips and discipline specific direction, head over to the resources tab. 


Guide maintained by Lilly Linden (Science Librarian) - lelvuathinga@oxy.edu