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Link: How to read and understand a scientific paper: a guide for non-scientists

What constitutes enough proof? Obviously everyone has a different answer to that question. But to form a truly educated opinion on a scientific subject, you need to become familiar with current research in that field.  And to do that, you have to read the “primary research literature” (often just called “the literature”). You might have tried to read scientific papers before and been frustrated by the dense, stilted writing and the unfamiliar jargon. I remember feeling this way!  Reading and understanding research papers is a skill which every single doctor and scientist has had to learn during graduate school.  You can learn it too, but like any skill it takes patience and practice.

 

This blog article talks about reading scientific papers. The full length article can be found here http://violentmetaphors.com/2013/08/25/how-to-read-and-understand-a-scientific-paper-2/.

Copyright © August 25th, 2013 | Author Jennifer Raff

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