``How to do research'': some hints (*)

Main advice (a somewhat "Carpe Diem" for PhD students) (unknown author!):

Don't wait until it's over..... Live your life now. A common belief is that ``it will be better when this is over.'' You can't wait until it is over to enjoy your life. The reality is, it is never over. After this class there will be another class, after this paper there'll be another paper to write, after the dissertation you will need to find a job, and after that you will need to work on promotions . . . .

Let's start

Guide du Doctorant édition 2000
Graduate Study in the Computer and Mathematical Sciences: A Survival Manual, Dianne O'Leary, University of Maryland
A Letter to Research Students , by Duane A. Bailey -- Quelques conseils de base
How to do Research in the MIT AI Lab, ed. David Chapman -- ciblé "IA", mais beaucoup de conseils utiles pour les etudiants en informatique en général.
How to be a Good Graduate Student/Advisor, by Marie desJardins
How to cope with "burnout" , by Andreas Gehmeyr -- Quand vous sentez que vous allez craquer!

Technical Writing

``Some Hints to Improve Writing of Technical Papers'' (Version PostScript) by Patrick Valduriez, Projet Rodin .
Elements of Style, by Willian Strunk and Elizabeth White -- le ``petit livre'' à lire, relire, et connaître par coeur.
Advice to Authors of Extended Abstracts, by William Pugh, Maryland University.
How To Have Your Abstract Rejected, by van Leunen and Lipton.
An Evaluation of the Ninth SOSP Submissions, or, How (and How Not) to Write a Good Systems Paper, by Roy Levin and David D. Redell.
How to Organize your Thesis, by John W. Chinneck.


How to Give a Good Research Talk, by Simon Peyton Jones et al.

How to become a bad research scientist in 10 lessons

How to Have a Bad Career In Research/Academia (postscript, 1184 KB).
How to Have a Bad Career In Research/Academia (pdf, 145 KB)

(*) Special Thanks to Jean Bolot for his considerable inputs!