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Graduate Research: A Guide for Students in the Sciences

Handbook / Manual
  • Discusses a broad range of topics including time management, library and literature work, and grant support
  • Includes a new chapter on career planning and development with advice on careers in academia, government, and the private sector
  • Contains chapters that promote the development of a varied set of communication skills
  • Greatly expanded treatment of graduate study and research in international settings

By: Robert V Smith(Author), Llewellyn D Densmore(Author), Edward F Lener(Author)

Academic Press

Paperback | Feb 2016 | Edition: 4 | #233020 | ISBN-13: 9780128037492
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About this book

Graduate Research is an all-in-one resource for prospective and matriculated graduate students in the sciences. The newly revised edition includes updates to every chapter. Graduate Research covers a range of topics including writing and preparation of research proposals, developing and refining teaching skills, and ethics and compliance areas such as research involving human subjects and animals.

Graduate Research helps readers navigate the multidimensional and interdisciplinary world of scientific research and it is an invaluable resource for graduate researchers as well as those in advising or mentoring roles.


    Author Biographies
    Chapter 1: Getting Started
        Choosing graduate study in the sciences
        Investigating possibilities for graduate study in the sciences
        University organization
        The players
        Allegiances and obligations
    Chapter 2: Attitudes, Commitments, and Creativity
        Attitudes and commitments
        Levels of creativity
        Characteristics of auctors
    Chapter 3: Making Choices
        Choices in types of research
        Choosing an advisor and mentor
        Adopting role models
        Evaluating financial support options
        Selecting programs of study
        Considering interdisciplinary versus disciplinary research
        Choosing a research problem
        Selecting courses and using research aids
        Recommending thesis and dissertation committee members
    Chapter 4: Time Management
    Chapter 5: Principles of Scientific Research
        Using observations and experiences to identify problems for study
    Chapter 6: Ethics and the Scientist
        The ethos and methods of science
        Scientists’ values
        The dark side of science
        Misconduct in research
        Plagiarism and its avoidance
        Other ethical matters of concern
        Keeping the code
    Chapter 7: Library and Literature Work
        Professional reading
        Graduate level literature work
        Using the library
        Searching the literature
        Library catalog
        Library discovery services
        Article databases
        Discipline-based article databases
        General searching tips
        Boolean operators
        Truncation and wildcards
        Evaluating the literature
        Organizing literature references
        Keeping up with the literature
    Chapter 8: Writing and Speaking Skills
        Writing skills
        Elements of good writing
        Approaches to good writing
        Preparing notes and outlines
        Write, rewrite, and rewrite
        Writing tools
        Texting, email and written notes, memos, and letters
        Research notebooks
        Research papers
        Book or journal reviews
    Chapter 9: Preparing Theses and Dissertations
        Planning and approaches
        Characteristics of theses and dissertations
        Dissertation blues
        Relations with thesis and dissertation committee members
        Approaches to writing
        Deadlines, word processing, and binding
        The defense and oral examination
    Chapter 10: Presentation and Publication of Papers
        Presentation of papers at meetings
        Submission of abstracts
        Types of presentations
        Publication of papers
        Selecting journals and publishers
        Preparation of manuscripts
        Submitting manuscripts to publishers
        Manuscript reviews
        Handling proofs
    Chapter 11: Research Involving Human Subjects and Animals and Biohazards and Laboratory Safety
        Human subjects research
        Use of animals in research
        Veterinary care and assistance
        Biohazards and laboratory safety
    Chapter 12: Getting Grant Support
        Historical background
        Types of grants
        Grant proposals and applying for grants
        Preparing proposals
        Applying for grants
        Intellectual property ownership
        Taking the long view
    Chapter 13: The Graduate Researcher and Teaching
        Consider becoming a teaching assistant
        Developing and refining teaching skills
    Chapter 14: Getting a Job
        Interview seeking
        Invitations to interview
        Preparing for interviews
        The offer
    Chapter 15: Shaping a Career
        Individual development plans
        Moving into management and administration
        The promise of a new position
        The elements and uses of strategic planning
    Subject Index

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