Jesse must have read my autobiography.

How do you approach reading a paper?
I start by reading the abstract. Then, I skim the introduction and flip through the article to look at the figures. I try to identify the most prominent one or two figures, and I really make sure I understand what’s going on in them. Then, I read the conclusion/summary. Only when I have done that will I go back into the technical details to clarify any questions I might have.
- Jesse Shanahan, master’s candidate in astronomy at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut

How to (seriously) read a scientific paper