Day 11: Reading academic literature is an iterative process

By James Hayton,
July 20, 2018
James Hayton is a former physicist, PhD coach and author of "PhD: An uncommon guide"
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Yesterday, I talked about starting with the most influential papers in your field. Obviously, you have to then go beyond that and read a lot of the less influential papers too.The mistake people often make is to treat this as a linear process like a production line; read a paper once, take notes, move on. But it is an iterative process, where you have to read some papers several times throughout your PhD.

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