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Books on the Research Process

  1. Apr 10, 2009 #1
    I am working on my masters (eventually PhD). I consider myself quite organized and pedantic, yet I find tasks such as literature searches and esp. documenting them just very intimidating.

    I found somethings online like articles and stuff on such issues, but is there a book on it. Like 98%books I seen about stuff like this or on the dissertation process are geared towards Social Sciences and the Humanities. Are they any for the physical sciences?

    From my efforts, this is what I came up with

    Practical Research: Planning and Design (9th Edition) (MyEducationLab Series) (Paperback)

    This seems to be a general book and has great reviews. Also, many editions, yet I haven't found any table of contents.

    Complete Your Dissertation or Thesis in Two Semesters or Less

    I really do not expect myself to do that, but it appears from reviews to be gear towards physical sciences. I read a small excerpt from Google Books and I get the impression it perpetuates advice I have gotten from other professors (not from my department lol) on being to the point when writing your thesis/dissertation.

    Mastering Your PhD: Survival and Success in the Doctoral Years and Beyond

    This seems like a good book (written by a physicist and biochemist) and it is published Springer.

    Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student's Guide to Earning an M.A. or a Ph.D. (Paperback)
    This seems like a good general book about graduate life. It should have advice I would probably never ask my advisors in a million years.

    So, does anyone have any opinions or thoughts of what I have compiled or is there something else you feel that is worth considering.

    Most of these books are light reading paperbacks, so they are quite affordable compared to your typical textbook. I might plan on buying a few of them.

    The first book listed is $62 bucks on Amazon.com, but it like just came out this month and it appears to be a textbook.

    Thank You.
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2009
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