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callout post for @jstor : why wont you let me sleep ? why is it that every time i search for something i feel the urge to spend 5 hours reading articles about things that i’m not even working on instead of going to bed ? why do i wake up in the middle of the night with a topic in mind like ‘hmmm i wonder if jstor has an article on that’ ? why cant i go a single day without visiting your cursed site ? pls help

How to Read an Academic/Research Paper

The main sections are: 

  • Abstract: a general overview of the paper’s content. It’s good to start here first, to sort of “seed” the ideas and concepts of the paper into your head.
  • Introduction: the general overview and setting of the paper. Sometimes you’ll find brief descriptions of key concepts or phrases
  • Methods: Read at the end, the technical jargon might be too heavy to for your to read this first.
  • Results:
  • Conclusion/Interpretation/Discussion: the hypothesis is either accepted or rejected. Reading the conclusion can help you decide if you want to spend your time reading the paper or not if you are looking for a specific method of doing something.
  • References: Read to familiarize yourself with the common titles, sources, and theories. 

Originally posted by the-disney-elite

Tip: Read the  Intro, and conclusion before you read the rest of the paper, its the fastest way of knowing what’s in the paper. 

Look out for the keywords key contribution and significant. 

Step by Step instructions: 

  1.  Read Intro and Conclusion
  2.  Identify the big question - what is this paper about?
  3. Summarize the background in five sentences - why is this research important?
  4. Identify specific questions - What exactly are the authors trying to answer with their research. 
  5. Read methods
  6. Read results and write down a sentence to summarize the result of each experiment. 
  7. How do the results answer the specific question?
  8. Read the conclusion section - Do the authors think that the results answered the big question?
  9. Now read the abstract - did it match what happened?



so ive been in saint louis for a week doing housing & urban policy research on institutions between 1896 and the 2014 execution of Mike Brown in Ferguson, for a stage/multimedia project and

i guess I’ll start off by saying I dined and drank with Michael Brown Sr., who through a random connection came over to our airbnb and talked about how he’s been and his entourage talked revolution with us and like

it was probably one of the most important conversations I’ll ever have??

to be looking someone who lost their son and had his narrative taken and blown up in media that led to a popular uprising - a series of events that I watched from Japan - to be sharing a bottle of rosé with him and just chit chatting. we’ve actually formally interviewed TONS of people (artists, activists, policy officials, historians, residents) - but he was the only we put down the camera and just talked with.

it’s just been overwhelming. all of this on top of spending 24/7 with other grad students and a professor. I’m glad I got to see @thisclosetodiscourse beforehand so I could recharge.

I think I’ll wait until I’m back home in North Carolina, safe in my room, where I’ll cry about this trip.