Since discovering Mendelay, I’ve had more motivation to read papers. At least I did until I started TAing again. But let’s assume that I’ll still make time to read papers. When I open up Mendelay to read, I’m not exactly sure what I should be reading. I’m at the end of my first year/beginning of my second year and have a general research topic. Some days, I read papers on my study species. Other days I read papers on a concept or idea I want to study. Some days, usually days where my brain feels like mush and I don’t feel like reading, I’ll read a paper on whatever sounds interesting at the moment.
I should probably have a strategy because 1) how on earth can I learn about a topic thoroughly if I don’t read a lot on it and 2) I will eventually need to start studying for candidacy.
But what should my system be? Should I read by author/lab? By species? By topic?
Do you have a method for getting through the literature? If so, what is your method?