New Title in Synthesis Digital Library – Crafting Your Research Future: A Guide to Successful Master’s and Ph.D. Degrees in Science & Engineering

As announced by the publishers Morgan & Claypool:

Crafting Your Research Future: A Guide to Successful Master’s and Ph.D. Degrees in Science & Engineering
Synthesis Lectures on Engineering
May 2012, 168 pages, (doi:10.2200/S00412ED1V01Y201203ENG018)
Charles X. Ling
University of Western Ontario, Canada
Qiang Yang
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


What is it like to be a researcher or a scientist? For young people, including graduate students and junior faculty members in universities, how can they identify good ideas for research? How do they conduct solid research to verify and realize their new ideas? How can they formulate their ideas and research results into high-quality articles, and publish them in highly competitive journals and conferences? What are effective ways to supervise graduate students so that they can establish themselves quickly in their research careers? In this book, Ling and Yang answer these questions in a step-by-step manner with specific and concrete examples from their first-hand research experience.

Table of Contents: Acknowledgments / Preface / Basics of Research / Goals of Ph.D. Research / Getting Started: Finding New Ideas and Organizing Your Plans / Conducting Solid Research / Writing and Publishing Papers / Misconceptions and Tips for Paper Writing / Writing and Defending a Ph.D. Thesis / Life After Ph.D. / Summary / References / Author Biographies

Critical Acclaim for Crafting Your Research Future

“Ling and Yang summarize the practical aspects of the expectations for the modern graduate student. They will all benefit.” — Randy Goebel, University of Alberta

“It will be tremendously useful to post-docs and graduate students alike (and perhaps even some junior faculty!).” — Adrian M. Owen, Professor and Canada Excellence Research Chair, Western University

“Want to have a successful research career? This is a nice guide and companion!” — Jiawei Han, Abel Bliss Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The intellectual care and feeding of science librarians


This is more of a post for scientists and engineers – or for sci/tech librarians to pass along to them for comment.  Over the years I’ve developed a view of the book as a productivity tool.  Suppose a biologist and a mathematician are working together on  a project.  Perhaps each feels a bit uncertain about the other’s field of study, but each know of a book in their own field that they could recommend to the other to help bring them up to speed or to generate more insight/discussion.  Because of this general opinion about books, I thought … maybe scientists or engineers might want to give their librarians a summer reading list.

So, think about it folks.  If you want your librarian to understand your research better, what would you recommend for us to read.  The vast majority of us are fairly intelligent individuals … some of us have a bit of a science background … a few have quite a bit of a science background.   What would you put on your librarian’s summer reading list?

We’re polishing our glasses …


Matthew R. Marsteller

Head, Science Libraries

Carnegie Mellon University