Classic Books & Papers

Medawar, P. B., Advice to a Young Scientist, Harper & Row, New York (1979).

Beveridge, W. I., Art of Scientific Investigation. W. W. Norton & Co., New York, 1950 (later editions 1957, 2004).

Thompson, J.M.T., Advice to a young researcher: With reminiscences of a life in science, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 371, 20120425 (20 May 2013).

Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G., and Williams, J. M., The Craft of Research: Third Edition, University of Chicago Press (2008).

Gabrys, B. J. and Langdale, J. A., How to Succeed as a Scientist: From Postdoc to Professor, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK (2011).

Valiela, I., Doing Science: Design, Analysis, and Communication of Scientific Results: Second Edition, Oxford University Press (2009).

Guides to Research

Dianne O'Leary (UMD-CS) Graduate Study Survival Manual

Uri Alon (Weizmann Institute) Nurturing Scientists

Uri Alon (Weizmann Institute) Additional Information

PLOS Guides (2-page summaries on ten topics)

Great Research (GA Tech) Research Patterns

Mark Leone (CMU grad student) useful links, but many are old


Alon, U., How to Choose a Good Scientific Problem, Molecular Cell 35 (Sept 25, 2009), 726-728.


Olson, J. S. and Olson, G. M., Working Together Apart: Collaboration over the Internet, Morgan & Claypool Publishers (2013).

Olson, G.M., Zimmerman, A., and Bos, N., Scientific Collaboration on the Internet, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA (2008).


Turabian, K. L., Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G., Williams, J. M., and the University of Chicago Press Staff, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Eighth Edition, University of Chicago Press (2013).

Schimel, J., Writing Science: How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded, Oxford University Press, New York (2011). Amazon

Ramsey, Norman, Teaching Technical Writing Using the Engineering Method: A Handbook for Groups, Tufts University (August 2014) CS-Oriented Guide, Free PDF

GreatResearch: Story-Telling 101: Writings Tips for Academics

Pinker, S., The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century, Viking Adult (2014). Amazon

Luey, B., Handbook for Academic Authors: 5th Edition, Cambridge University Press (2009). Amazon

Hartley, J., Academic Writing and Publishing: A Practical Handbook, Routledge (2008). Amazon

Dupre, L., Bugs in Writing: A Guide to Debugging Your Prose: Second Edition, Addison-Wesley (1998). Amazon

Zobel, J., Writing for Computer Science: Second Edition, Springer (2004). Amazon


GreatResearch: Presenting a Technical Talk

Carter, M., Designing Science Presentation: A Visual Guide to Figures, Papers, Slides, Posters, and More, Academic Press (2013). Amazon

A “Communication Skills for Computer Scientists” Course Lil Blume, Ron Baecker, Christopher Collins, and Aran Donohue, Proceedings of ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE), 2009.



Van Noorden, R., Maher, B., and Nuzzo, R., The top 100 papers: Nature explores the most-cited research of all time, Nature 514 (30 October 2014), 550-553. doi:10.1038/514550a The Nature Top 100 list of papers from Web of Science: Two spreadsheets with Google Scholar Top 100 citation lists, one includes books, the other is articles only:

Galligan, F. and Dyas-Correia, S., Altmetrics: Rethinking the way we measure, Serials Review 39 (2013), 56-61.