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How to attack the primary literature

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How to attack the primary literature 1. Read the title – The title should tell you the main take-home message for the paper 2. Read the abstract – The abstract, usually written in bold type, gives the rough outline for the entire paper (brief background, the question adressed, the results, and conclusions) 3. Read the introduction – The intro gives the background that leads up to the question that the authors are trying to address with the experiments in the paper. You may not understand every word in the intro, but focus on what the question is that the authors are trying to answer in the paper. The intro will probably make more sense after reading the results section, so you might want to read the intro (again) after the results section. 4. Go through each figure (and each panel) and identify this information: a. What is the experiment? Look at the axis of the graph as a hint b. What is the rationale for doing the experiment? Often the rationale of one experiment comes from the result of the previous experiment
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