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VenHorst - Engineering: Looking at your article

Starting Your Search

Let's suppose you are interested in looking at the effects of Roundup on Google Scholar.

Let's take a look at this one.

Date of Research

Date of article and date of research are two different things? Take a look.

Look at References dates.

Where to Start

Here's what  Cecilia Tubaiana say:

"I first get a general idea by reading the abstract and conclusions. The conclusions help me understand if the goal summarized in the abstract has been reached, and if the described work can be of interest for my own study. I also always look at plots/figures, as they help me get a first impression of a paper. Then I usually read the entire article from beginning to end, going through the sections in the order they appear so that I can follow the flow of work that the authors want to communicate. 

If you want to make it a productive exercise, you need to have a clear idea of which kind of information you need to get in the first place, and then focus on that aspect. It could be to compare your results with the ones presented by the authors, put your own analysis into context, or extend it using the newly published data.

Citation lists can help you decide why the paper may be most relevant to you by giving you a first impression of how colleagues that do similar research as you do may have used the paper."

Look at the Authors

  • Find out about your author's research interests.
  • Look for a resume.
  • Do some digging.
  • Look past the first author of the paper.

Keywords/key Authors

  • Keep a listing of keywords.
  • Keep a listing of key authors.

Annotate the Article

  • Do a quick first reading.
  • Do a thorough second reading.
  • Make notes in the margins.
  • What are the good ideas in this paper?
  • What do you want to remember in this paper?