One Way to Analyze a Research Paper: • What is the problem? – – • • • • evidence of the problem? (Facts) importance of the problem? (Motivation) Who is the audience? – adequate definition of terms? – level of discussion What approaches others take to solution? – survey others’ thinking on the issue – evaluate existing solutions – find “gap” for new work (author’s target) Author’s approach to the problem – an extension, synthesis or novel approach? – application to a real example? – analysis of strengths and weaknesses Citations - adequate and useful? – can I verify the work? – can I find other sources of work on this problem?