Published online by Cambridge University Press: 19 September 2019
Critical reading is an essential skill for scientists. As you read the rest of this book, you’ll come back to the literature again and again, to find out more about particular topics. Reading takes time and can be daunting, but it gets easier with experience. Reading also teaches you what goes where in a paper. The more you read, the better you will write. In this chapter I explain how to read articles, beginning with general advice, then providing questions to ask as you read each section of an article. Then I cover organising a reference collection and synthesising what you read.