How to Do Research
Last Update: Friday, 2 January 2015
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For further advice on success in your graduate program (and beyond),
Info for Grad Students in CSE @ UB
"Research and teaching have always cohabited: anyone who teaches a
subject well wants to know more about it, and when she knows more, to
impart that knowledge."
On the use of Wikipedia
Lauer, H.C. (1975),
"On Ph.D. Thesis Proposals in Computing Science",
The Computer Journal 18(3): 279-281.
Jayaraman, Bharat (2006),
"General Advice on CSE Research" [PDF]
- Use this free Internet tutorial to learn to discern
the good, the bad and the ugly for your online research.
"The Good, The Bad & The Ugly,
or Why It's a Good Idea to Evaluate Web Sources"
conference review form
- What do reviewers look for in conference (or journal)
papers? Here's a sample from an AI conference. Also
see Parberry 1994ab, below:
Parberry, Ian (1994a),
"A Guide for New Referees in Theoretical Computer Science",
Information and Computation 112(1): 96-116.
Parberry, Ian (1994b),
"A Form for Referees in Theoretical Computer Science",
SIGACT News 25(4): 96-107.
Smith, Alan Jay
"The Task of the Referee",
revised version of an article that originally appeared in
23(4; April 1990):
Nussbaum, Maury A.
"How to Write a (Thesis/Dissertation) Proposal"
(Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Tech Department of Industrial and Systems
Wrenn, Chase (2005),
"How to Referee a Paper for a [Philosophy] Journal"
- Warning: Purely(?) humorous :-)
"On Journal Rejection",
- What to do when (not "if" :-) your submission to a journal
Science Daily: Computer Science News
"Advice on Research and Writing"
- "A collection of [links]...about how to do research and
how to communicate effectively (primarily for computer scientists)."
"Advisee Management Tip:
Ask for a Memo",
Tomorrow's Professor Msg.#747.
- "Looks at the many advantages of having your Ph.D.
students include a memo to you when seeking feedback on their
- Although aimed at faculty, I think the advice here
should be followed by anyone who is doing collaborative
writing with someone else. Grads: Take the advice here
even if your major professor doesn't require it!
Vicens, Quentin; & Bourne, Philip E.
"Ten Simple Rules to Combine Teaching and Research",
Tomorrow's Professor Msg. 948.
Rudra, Atri (2014),
"How to Do Research" [PDF]
(CSE 501 class notes)
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