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Author Hu, Xiaolong

Title Smoothing a critical transition : nontechnical knowledge and techniques for student researchers / Xiaolong Hu
Published Singapore : Springer, 2020

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Description 1 online resource (143 pages)
Contents Intro -- Preface -- Contents -- 1 Introduction -- 1.1 Critical Transition Period -- 1.2 Nontechnical Knowledge and Techniques -- 1.3 Motivations and Road Map of This Book -- 2 Be Ready for Graduate School -- 2.1 Understanding Graduate-Level Education -- 2.2 Setting Goals -- 2.3 Making Plans -- 2.4 Taking Actions -- 3 Understanding Research -- 3.1 What Is Research? -- 3.2 Steps of Conducting Research -- 3.3 Research-Related Nontechnical Knowledge and Techniques -- 3.4 Finding the First Research Project -- 4 Engaging with the Literature -- 4.1 Why Read? -- 4.2 What to Read? -- 4.3 How to Read?
4.3.1 An Initial Judgment -- 4.3.2 Difficulties and Tips -- 4.3.3 Organization and Critique -- 4.3.4 Connecting with Our Own Research -- 5 Writing -- 5.1 Why Write? -- 5.2 What to Write? -- 5.3 How to Write? -- 5.3.1 A Golden Rule: Maximizing the Signal-to-Noise Ratio -- 5.3.2 Knowing the Format and Structure -- 5.3.3 Planning the Writing -- 5.3.4 Preparing the First Draft -- 5.3.5 Polishing the Document -- 6 Publishing Papers -- 6.1 Why Publish? -- 6.2 Where to Publish? -- 6.3 How to Publish? -- 6.3.1 Preparing the Submission -- 6.3.2 Editorial Process -- 6.3.3 After Publishing -- 7 Presenting
7.1 Why Present? -- 7.2 Comparison Between Writing and Presenting -- 7.3 How to Present? -- 7.3.1 Understanding Two Types of Presentations -- 7.3.2 Preparing a Presentation -- 7.3.3 When You Present -- 7.3.4 Examples -- 8 Filing Patent Applications -- 8.1 The Basics of Patent Protections -- 8.2 How to File a Patent Application? -- 8.2.1 National Filing -- 8.2.2 The Patent Cooperation Treaty and International Patent Application -- 9 Collaboration -- 9.1 Understanding Collaborations in Research -- 9.1.1 Why Collaborate? -- 9.1.2 Whom to Collaborate with? -- 9.1.3 How to Collaborate?
9.2 A Special Collaborator: The Research Advisor -- 9.2.1 Understanding Advisor-Advisee Relations -- 9.2.2 A Good Advisor -- 9.2.3 How to Determine the Answers? -- 9.2.4 How to Work with an Advisor? -- 9.2.5 Managing Conflicts -- 9.3 Other Possible Collaborators -- 9.3.1 Internal Collaborators -- 9.3.2 External Collaborators -- 10 Research Ethics, Responsibilities, and Obligations -- 10.1 Understanding Research Ethics -- 10.1.1 What Is Research Ethics? -- 10.1.2 General Principles -- 10.1.3 Conflicts of Interest -- 10.2 Ethics in Publishing -- 10.2.1 Authors' Obligations
10.2.2 Reviewers' Obligations -- 10.2.3 Editors' Obligations -- 10.3 Data Acquisition and Management -- 10.4 Ethics in Collaboration -- 10.5 Dilemmas -- 11 Benefit from Learning Some History of Science -- 11.1 What Is the History of Science? -- 11.2 Learning the History of Science Can Benefit Research -- 11.3 Graduate-Level Education in the History of Science -- 12 Concluding Remarks -- Appendix References
Summary This textbook equips students interested in becoming researchers with the essential nontechnical skills. After an introduction to graduate schools, it discusses preparing for research, reading and organizing literature, writing research articles and other documents, publishing papers, presenting research findings at conferences, collaboration with advisors and other researchers, patent applications, research ethics, and how to improve research by learning about the history of science. These nontechnical skills are just as important as technical ones in terms of becoming a successful graduate student, yet they have seldom been taught systematically in courses. Further, they can bridge the gap from the classroom to the lab, making one of the most critical transition periods--from student to researcher--smoother and more enjoyable. The book features a wealth of real-life examples and exercises, which readers can easily apply in their own research. Intended mainly for graduate and upper-undergraduate students just embarking on lab research, it can also be used as a textbook or reference guide for courses on research methodology and related topics
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Education, Higher -- Activity programs.
Higher & further education, tertiary education.
Study & learning skills: general.
Education -- Higher.
Education, Higher -- Activity programs.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9789811540356
9811540357