Reading the Literature
- How you go about reading the literature depends on a lot of factors
including the domain, your background, and your question.
- Typically, people start with books in the domain.
- This gives you a broad background, is relatively reliable,
and relatively accessible.
- In developed fields, classic texts (like [James 1892] or
[Hebb 1949]) are particularly important.
- Anything that's lasted that long and is still read and quoted
is pretty solid.
- Of course books aren't always right and
- books tend to be a few years behind the leading
edge at best.
- So eventually, you want to get to journal articles and
even conference articles.
- There are more prestigous journals and more prestigous conferences,
and the best work is usually published in the best journals.
- Journals are usually better than conferences.
- Of course going to a conference is a great way to meet people
and more thoroughly understand their work.
- You can usually send email to journal and conference article authors
if you need to.