Guide: Summarizing Academic Articles

Picture this: you’re sifting through some academic articles and you finally find one that you can use in your paper. Great! But now, the fun part: you have to go in and find which part you need to use while simultaneously sifting through some pretty dense language. Never fear, Julius here!

Let’s see what Julius can do to help us streamline this process. Below I’ll show you how Julius can help you in your literature review process.

Analyzing Documents via Julius

You can bring in a PDF the same way you bring in any other file. What I first want Julius to do is highlight the main points of this paper.

Prompt: Explain what this document goes over.

Great, Julius has given us a little outline on what the PDF document goes over including: the aim of the paper, the study area, the results, and the discussion section. I’m very interested in the methodology section, so I’m going to ask a few more questions about it.

Prompt: What methodology did they use in the paper?

Now I know a little more about the methodology used in this study. I am particularly interested in the data analysis portion because I am curious on how they conducted the dispersal distances and home range sizes. Let’s ask Julius about this:

Prompt: For the data analysis section, can you explain to me how they conducted the dispersal distances and home range sizes using the GPS coordinates?

This is perfect! Julius has given me the formulas and information that this paper used to calculate the different ranges, median distance and dispersal distances. Now I can replicate this study’s methodology. You can also ask it to give you more summaries of the different areas of the paper you are looking at, or even ask it to explain the main findings in layman’s terms if the paper is very technical. Luckily for me, I understand the terminology used in this document, so I did not really need to go into too much detail about the findings.

This is just one example on how you can use Julius to help you examine academic literature. As always, I encourage you to experiment with different prompts that suit your needs for your particular study. Have fun and explore the capabilities of examining academic papers with Julius!

Please remember to cite the information you are using in each paper. You need to give credit to where it is due. For this particular article, I will use the APA citation:

Alexander, J. E., Sykes, D., & Healan, A. M. B. (2023). Pilot study on the use of soft release for translocation of rehabilitated eastern box turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina). Nashville Wildlife Conservation Center.

Keywords: AI, GPT, Academic research, literature review, scientific literature review, summarize documents, APA citation, citations


Nice guide! Have you tried synthesizing multiple scientific article PDFs at once?


Hi Zach!

I have not yet done that, but that is definitely on my list of things to try out! I’ll keep you updated on how that adventure goes. :slight_smile:


Use this to analyse multiple tasks and analyse multifile at once.

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this is definitely doable in julius! i don’t think the off-the-shelf gemini chatbot has the same analytical capabilities as julius as well

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Absolutly I agree. Me too I decide to go through julius I liked the analysis . I still suggest gemini for other tasks.

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Is this free to use? I can see I am granted many tokens.when it is done shall I need to pay?

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Okay, I tried uploading more than one file and asked Julius to summarize both of them:

Which it was able to do effectively!

So, in short, yes, it can do multiple documents with ease!


Great! This is a really cool feature — will be great for generating literature reviews


I just tried and it is a good thing :

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I’m so happy that my guide was able to help you Mahmed! :slight_smile:
Thank you for the praise as well!

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