A links section for academicproductivity.com

November 6th, 2006 by dario

Jay Myung, a psychologist at Ohio State University, has a number of interesting links to articles and tutorials on academic productivity on his personal website.

sherlock holmesSome of these articles are targeted at young researchers/grad students starting a career in specific scientific domains, but they contain a lot of useful general-purpose advice.

I post a slightly annotated version of Jay’s list as a teaser for an actual links section to appear soon at academicproductivity.com.

DesJardins, Marie, 1994. How to be a good graduate student,
(accessed November 6, 2006).

This paper attempts to raise some issues that are important for graduate students to be successful and to get as much out of the process as possible, and for advisors who wish to help their students be successful. The intent is not to provide prescriptive advice — no formulas for finishing a thesis or twelve-step programs for becoming a better advisor are given — but to raise awareness on both sides of the advisor-student relationship as to what the expectations are and should be for this relationship, what a graduate student should expect to accomplish, common problems, and where to go if the advisor is not forthcoming.

Chapman, David (Ed.), 1988. How to do research,
(accessed November 6, 2006).

This document presumptuously purports to explain how to do research. We give heuristics that may be useful in picking up the specific skills needed for research (reading, writing, programming) and for understanding and enjoying the process itself (methodology, topic and advisor selection, and emotional factors).

Leone, Mark, Advice on research and writing
(accessed November 6, 2006).

A collection of advice about how to do research and how to communicate effectively (primarily for computer scientists).

Kruschke, John K., Virtual Mentor
(accessed November 6, 2006).

A collection of resources on: reading, experimenting, modeling, writing and presenting, keeping it together, becoming a scientist and professor

Nibley, Hugh (1965), Writing and publication in graduate school
(transcription by John K. Kruschke)
(accessed November 6, 2006).

Hugh Nibley [...] a Mormon biblical scholar, hence the occasional Mormon and biblical references. [...] this is a very provocative piece, relevant to all graduate students, and worth reading and debating.

Altman, N et al., eds (1993), New Researchers’ Survival Guide
(accessed November 6, 2006).

Among the transitional facts of life with which we believe new researchers should be acquainted are: I. mechanisms for applying for jobs, II. the expectations associated with different types of jobs, III. techniques for initiating an active research program, IV. methods of becoming more involved with the broader statistical community. The Survival Guide addresses these issues, but it also offers advice on a variety of other topics which new researchers may wish to consider as they prepare to leave graduate school.

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