There are some notes about reading in the Research Kitchen

This advice about how to read philosophy sources is really useful and might be applied to most reading tasks. A key question that is often glossed is: why was the piece written? I don't mean the stated aim of the paper or research but what was the context in which the paper was produced. Papers/books tend to gloss much of the useful background to the work that produced them.

Different papers will require different levels of attention. For some you'll just want to skim the abstract to see how well it might fit with your collection. If is appears to be an important paper it will mean a more careful read and you'll make use of your notebooks so you'll have a good record of the ideas it has prompted for you.

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