Books for Graduate Students in SDC, Room 4100 WSS

The Ph.D. Process: A Student's Guide to Graduate School in the Sciences (1998) by Dale Bloom, Jonathan Karp, and Nicholas Cohen
Chapter Overview:
(1) Deciding to go to graduate school
(2) Selecting an advisor: Whose lab is right for me?
(3) The stages of graduate school
(4) Classes, journal clubs, lab meetings, and seminars
(5) The absent professor
(6) How you learn
(7) Deciding on research projects for your dissertation
(8) Networking
(9) Picking a dissertation committee, and defending the proposal at the preliminary oral exam
(10) The life of a graduate student
(11) Some additional aspects of graduate school life: Lab notebooks, etiquette, competition, luck
(12) Do I belong here?: Insecurity and stress
(13) Foreign students: Unique problems and stresses
(14) On the art of scientific writing
(15) What should your goals be while in graduate school?
(16) Times they are a-changing
(17) The end is in sight: Writing the dissertation
(18) The final oral exam (the defense)
The Research Student's Guide to Success (2000) by Pat Cryer
Chapter Overview:
(1) Introduction
(2) Exploring the opportunities for postgraduate study and research
(3) Liaising with institutions
(4) Setting yourself up in a supportive way of life: The pervasive influences of personal circumstances
(5) Settling in as a new student
(6) Towards recognizing quality in research
(7) Interacting with your supervisor(s)
(8) Keeping records
(9) Planning ahead
(10) Managing yourself and your time
(11) Taking responsibility for your own progress
(12) Cooperating with others for mutual help and support
(13) Producing reports
(14) Giving presentations on your work
(15) Using the research programme as preparation for employment
(16) Progress checks and hurdles - and the transfer from MPhil to PhD
(17) Coming to terms with originality in research
(18) Developing skills for creative thinking
(19) Dealing with flagging
(20) Producing your thesis
(21) Preparing for the examination and conducting yourself in the oral/viva
(22) Afterwards!
First Day to Final Grade: A Graduate Student's Guide to Teaching (2000) by Anne Curzan and Lisa Damour
Chapter Overview:
(1) Becoming a teacher
(2) The first day of the term
(3) Weekly class preparation
(4) Running a discussion
(5) Problem sets and laboratories
(6) Trusty class plans
(7) One-on-one interactions with students
(8) Grading
(9) Feedback from students
(10) The balance of school and teaching
Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis (1998) by Joan Bolker
Chapter Overview:
(1) Beginning
(2) Choosing an advisor and a committee
(3) Getting started writing
(4) From zero to first draft
(5) Getting to the midpoint: Reviewing your process and your progress
(6) Interruptions from outside and inside
(7) You, your readers, and the dissertation support group
(8) Revising: The second draft and beyond
(9) The best dissertation is a done dissertation
(10) Life after the dissertation
Writing the Doctoral Dissertation: A Systematic Approach (1997) by Gordon Davis and Clyde Parker
Chapter Overview:
(1) The need for a different approach to the dissertation
(2) An overview of the dissertation management approach
(3) The selection of an advisor and a dissertation committee
(4) Predissertation development activities
(5) The selection of a dissertation topic
(6) The dissertation proposal
(7) The dissertation time schedule and budget
(8) Working with an advisor and a dissertation committee
(9) Management of dissertation activities
(10) The defense and publishing the results
Secrets for a Successful Dissertation (1998) by Jacqueline Fitzpatrick, Jan Secrist, and Debra Wright
Chapter Overview:
(1) Writing the doctoral proposal (aka The Birth of a Nation);
(2) Choosing a methodology (aka A Tale of Two Methodologies);
(3) Selecting committee members (aka Animal Farm);
(4) Surviving the human subjects committee (aka Of Human Bondage);
(5) Collecting data (aka Far From the Maddening Crowd);
(6) Developing a support group (aka Two Years Before the last);
(7) Getting organized (aka Hidden Habits of Demented Dissertation Writers);
(8) Using Technology (aka Gone with the Windows);
(9) Defending the dissertation (aka The Power and the Glory);
(10) Avoiding Sudden Stops (aka Little Shop of Horrors)
Completing Your Dissertation or Master's Thesis in Two Semesters or Less - Second Edition (1993) by Dr. Evelyn Hunt Ogden
Chapter Overview:
(1) The doctoral degree facts of life . The beginning
(2) Researching your committee . The really critical research project
(3) Selecting a dissertation topic
(4) Spending money and using the 20th century to your advantage
(5) Designing your dissertation and preparing the prospectus and proposal
(6) Writing the dissertation . Twenty workdays to go!
(7) Defending the dissertation . Two hours to doctor!
(8) Celebrating, the last revision, postpartum depression
Getting Mentored in Graduate School (2003) by W. Brad Johnson and Jennifer M. Howe
Chapter Overview:
Part 1 About Mentoring
(1) What mentoring is
(2) What a mentor can do for you
(3) Who gets mentored and why
Part 2 How to Find a Mentor
(4) What to look for in a mentor
(5) The intentional protege: Initiating a mentor relationship
Part 3 How to Manage the Mentor Relationship (6) Designing the mentor relationship
(7) The stages of mentor relationships
(8) Potential problems
(9) On being an excellent protege
(10) Mentoring for women and minorities
(11) Some additional ways to get mentored
How to get a PhD: A Handbook for Students and their Supervisors - Third Edition (2000) by Estelle M. Phillips and Derek S. Pugh
Chapter Overview:
(1) Becoming a postgraduate
(2) Getting into the system
(3) The nature of the PhD qualification
(4) How not to get a PhD
(5) How to do research
(6) The form of a PhD thesis
(7) The PhD process
(8) How to manage your supervisor
(9) How to survive...
(10) The formal procedures
(11) How to supervise and examine
(12) Institutional responsibilities
Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student's Guide to Earning a Master's or a Ph.D. (1992) by Robert L. Peters
Chapter Overview:
(1) This book can help (and you probably need it!)
(2) What is graduate school like?
(3) Do you need to go?
(4) Should you work first?
(5) Choosing a school: The thesis advisor
(6) Choosing a school: Secondary aspects
(7) Application and admission
(8) Improving your credentials for admission
(9) Financial aid
(10) The Master's degree: History and hurdles
(11) The doctorate: History and hurdles
(12) Managing yourself
(13) Playing politics: Building a reputation
(14) Master's comprehensive and Ph.D. qualifying exams
(15) Choosing and managing your thesis committee
(16) The thesis topic: Finding it
(17) The thesis proposal
(18) The thesis: Writing it
(19) The thesis defense
(20) Oral presentations: The key to being a star
(21) Dealing with stress and depression
(22) The social milieu
(23) Swimming with the mainstream: Returning students, women, minorities, and foreign students
(24) Bringing it all together: The job
Surviving Your Dissertation: A Comprehensive Guide to Content and Process - Second Edition (2001) by Kjell Erik Rudestam and Rae R. Newton
Chapter Overview:
Part 1 - Getting Started
(1) The research process
(2) Selecting a suitable topic
(3) Methods of inquiry: Quantitative and qualitative approaches
Part 11 - Working with Content: The Dissertation Chapters
(4) Review of the literature and statement of the problem
(5) The method chapter: Describing your research plan
(6) Presenting the results of empirical studies
(7) Discussion
Part III - Working with Process: What You Need to Know to Make the Dissertation Easier
(8) Overcoming barriers: Becoming an expert while controlling your own destiny
(9) Writing
(10) Computing: Using a personal computer effectively
(11) Guidelines for the presentation of numbers in the dissertation
(12) Informed consent and other ethical concerns
Statistics For People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics (2000) by Neil J. Salkind
Chapter Overview:
(1) Statistics or sadistics? It's up to you
(2) Means to an end: Computing and understanding averages
(3) Vive la difference: Understanding variability
(4) A picture really is worth a thousand words
(5) Ice cream and crime: Computing correlation coefficients
(6) Predicting who'll win the Super Bowl: Using linear regression
(7) Hypotheticals and you: Testing your questions
(8) Are your curves normal? Probability and why it counts
(9) Significantly significant: What it means for you and me
(10) t (ea) for two: Tests between the means of different groups
(11) t (ea) for two (again): Tests between the means of related groups
(12) Two groups too many? Try analysis of variance
(13) Cousins or just good friends? Testing relationships using the correlation coefficient
(14) What to do when you're not normal: Chi-square and some other nonparametric tests
(15) Some other (important) statistical procedures you should know about
(16) A statistical software sampler
(17) The ten best internet sites for statistics stuff
(18) The ten commandments of data collection (Appendix A) SPSS in less than 30 minutes (Appendix B; C) Tables; Data sets
Graduate Research: A Guide for Students in the Sciences - Third Edition (1998) by Robert V. Smith
Chapter Overview:
(1) Getting Started
(2) Attitudes, commitments, and creativity
(3) Making choices
(4) Time management
(5) Principles of scientific research
(6) Ethics and the scientist
(7) Library and literature work
(8) Writing skills
(9) Preparing theses and dissertations
(10) Presentation and publication of papers
(11) Research with human subjects, animals, and biohazards
(12) Getting grant support
(13) Getting a job. Appendix: Guidelines for the preparation of consent forms for human subjects research
Graduate Student Success: The Canadian Guide (1995) by Manfred E. Szabo
Chapter Overview:
(1) Considering graduate studies
(2) Weighing the benefits
(3) Setting your goal
(4) Making a plan
(5) Research and thesis
(6) Choosing a university

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