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  1. Dec 10, 2006 #1
    What do i do when i have read everthing i can on a single subject from textbooks? Should i read journals?
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  3. Dec 10, 2006 #2
    Everything on a single subject? Is that possible? You mean you tired to solve every single problem in your textbook?
  4. Dec 10, 2006 #3
    That is not really my question. The point is when you do start reading journals?
  5. Dec 10, 2006 #4

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    Whenever you feel comfortable. The more of them you read, the more you will learn down the road.
  6. Dec 11, 2006 #5
    First, you must have a grasp of the over process before you can gauge your position in that process. Note that these suggestions aren't isolated, but intertwined.

    You already have a major step completed, figuring out what subject interests you. You may also understand a good portion of the material at about a first-year graduate level. Next, pick a topic that interests you. If you're in school now ask a professor or fellow student for a reading list on this topic. If you don't have access to such a tool, the process is more complicated. You pretty much have to begin by randomly searching and reading the literature. If you don't understand the articles you find, compare the references of the articles you have to find common articles. Develop a new list of articles, rinse and repeat until you find an article you understand.

    At this point, you'll have a tree of references. You may want to think about organizing these if you plan to continue research in this area. You may find you don't know the basics as well as you thought, so have textbooks handy. Explore the tree, work through it, add to it, prune areas that don't interest you and have fun!

    Remember that the only right way is that which works for you.
  7. Dec 11, 2006 #6


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    You certainly don't need a complete grasp of an entire subject to read journals.

    That's whyyou have to learn to write well, so that people not in your field of expertise can get something from your results.
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