In a perfect world, we'd all have access to the same information, the training to make the right judgments about it, and the wisdom to know how it should be implemented. But the fact is, we don't. Scientific research is often blocked behind paywalls, and even when it's freely available, few people have the ability or patience to wade through its scientific jargon. That's why websites like this one exist: to wade through it for you and put it into language that's easy to understand. But if you really want to be a responsible consumer of information, sometimes you've got to wade through it yourself. And for that, we've got this handy guide. Here's how you can read a scientific paper and actually understand what it means.
First Things First: How to Get Access
Step 1: Skim and Take Notes
Step 2: Re-read, But Don't Start at the Beginning
Step 3: Check Out the Discussion
Step 4: Get into the Nitty-Gritty
Step 5: Check Your Understanding
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Written by Ashley Hamer August 3, 2018
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