Graduate Research

Graduate Research

A Guide for Students in the Sciences

4th Edition - February 11, 2016

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  • Authors: Robert Smith, Llewellyn Densmore, Edward Lener
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128037492
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128037911

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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.

Key Features

  • 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


Graduate student, graduate advisors, and mentors across the Sciences

Table of Contents

    • Dedication
    • Author Biographies
    • Preface
    • Acknowledgments
    • Introduction
    • Chapter 1: Getting Started
      • Abstract
      • 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
      • Abstract
      • Attitudes and commitments
      • Creativity
      • Levels of creativity
      • Characteristics of auctors
    • Chapter 3: Making Choices
      • Abstract
      • 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
      • Abstract
      • Planning
      • Organization
      • Execution
    • Chapter 5: Principles of Scientific Research
      • Abstract
      • Observation
      • Using observations and experiences to identify problems for study
      • Hypotheses
      • Experimentation
      • Interpretation
    • Chapter 6: Ethics and the Scientist
      • Abstract
      • 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
      • Abstract
      • 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
      • Abstract
      • 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
      • Persuasiveness
      • Research notebooks
      • Reports
      • Research papers
      • Book or journal reviews
    • Chapter 9: Preparing Theses and Dissertations
      • Abstract
      • 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
      • Abstract
      • 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
      • Abstract
      • Human subjects research
      • Use of animals in research
      • Veterinary care and assistance
      • Biohazards and laboratory safety
    • Chapter 12: Getting Grant Support
      • Abstract
      • 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
      • Abstract
      • Consider becoming a teaching assistant
      • Developing and refining teaching skills
    • Chapter 14: Getting a Job
      • Abstract
      • Planning
      • Interview seeking
      • Invitations to interview
      • Preparing for interviews
      • Interviewing
      • The offer
    • Chapter 15: Shaping a Career
      • Abstract
      • Individual development plans
      • Destinations
      • Moving into management and administration
      • The promise of a new position
      • The elements and uses of strategic planning
    • References
    • Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 308
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2016
  • Published: February 11, 2016
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128037492
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128037911

About the Authors

Robert Smith

Robert Smith
Collaborative Brain Trust University Consulting (CBT UC), Sacramento, CA, USA

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Collaborative Brain Trust University Consulting (CBT UC), Sacramento, CA, USA

Llewellyn Densmore

Llewellyn Densmore
Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA

Edward Lener

Edward Lener
University Libraries, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA

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University Libraries, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA

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