I’m a high school student who’s been working at a university lab as an intern, and this has been on my mind for a while.

The amount of scientific literature/papers in any field is obviously staggering. To me, it seems like there’s no possible way to have read all of it. So, assuming I were a full-blown researcher/professor…

  • How would I be sure that my research actually does add something novel to the field?
  • What if there are papers that already address/refute my claim, that simply got buried amongst the masses of other papers that have already been published — does that mean my own research is worth squat?

Thank you for all your help!

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