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Step 1: Half-page preliminary report, including a brief discussion of the general point of the article.
Step 2: Full Paper, answering questions:
(1) What is the big picture? In other words, what is the larger issue (or set of issues) that your article is helping to clarify?
(2) What is the specific contribution of your article?
Include with your paper three references that are relevant to the overall context of your article. For each reference, give a very brief (one or two sentences) discussion of what the reference is about.
How to Read a Scientific Paper
How to Read a Paper tutorial
A quick overview of the structure of a paper, and strategies for efficiently reading and understanding a paper.
Resources to locate information on your papers
You can choose the most appropriate database from the Libraries' database list: https://www.lib.purdue.edu/find/databases. You can filter the master list by Category (i.e., subject area). What follows are some examples of databases that might be useful.
EconLit Index to economics literature
OECD iLibrary Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development index to international economics information
PAIS International Public Affairs Information Service...index to public policy information sources
Compendex Guide to engineering/technology literature
Books available through the Libraries
Don't forget that the best source of review information may be a nice book. We have many available online, so you can access them from your computer, even off campus.
U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)
An excellent source of information about all things energy. Energy Review, and Energy Outlooks provide current and projected demand and supply of different types of energy.
Science Citation Index Expanded Citation searching of major scholarly journals in all fields, indexing from 1900-present Bibliographic information, author abstracts, and cited references and related references covering the sciences, social sciences, and arts & humanities.
Scopus Citation searching of larger number of journals, but going back less far in time.
Simple search interface. Click on "Cited by" to follow citation links. In the 'Settings' you can customize the 'Library Links' to include Purdue, and be able to access subscription content from off campus.