Advice

Here are some resources about doing research that I found useful.

Inspirational

  • “You and Your Research” by Richard Hamming.
    Transcript of a very inspirational talk in which Hamming discusses the atmosphere at Bell Labs where he worked with famous researchers like Claude Shannon and John Tukey. He discusses the different traits of researchers who do “great” work — such as courage, drive and commitment.
  • “Technology and Courage” by Ivan Sutherland.
    Great article by one of the pioneers of human-computer interaction, computer graphics and virtual reality. Sutherland talks about the courage required to do creative, technical work.

General

PhD

Presentation skills

Writing skills

Reviewing

  • “Twelve tips for reviewers” by Henry L. Roediger III.
    Provides several guidelines for reviewing, based on the book “Reviewing Scientific Works in Psychology”. There are a few interesting points being made here, such as watching out for egocentrism (“The author should be citing my work more often”), explicitly making a recommendation instead of letting the editor guess what your overall opinion is, and signing your reviews (or at least write the review as if the author will learn your identity and you wouldn’t be embarrassed).

Conferences

  • “How to get the most out of conferences” by Scott Berkun.
    Lots of practical tips about going to conferences, from shipping the printed proceedings back to your office to how to meet and socialize with many people.