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How to read a scientific paper

Tips to learn the process of reading and evaluating a scientific paper.


Reading a scientific paper is very different than the typically beginning to end process of reading a book or news article.  You need to use strategic skills to optimize your time and extract the needed information from the article.  Read strategically and actively!


How to use this guide

If you have never read a scientific paper before, then work through each tab of this guide 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 Additional Resources tab.