Archive for December, 2009

Research methods in computer science

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

During this winter break, I have been reading two books on doing research and publishing papers besides some textbooks for my classes next quarter. One book is Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams, The Craft of Research (3rd Edition), and the other is Robert A. Day and Barbara Gastel, How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper (6th Edition). Though I have published a few papers so far, these books are of benefit to me in that I can regain an appreciation of appropriate ways of research.

When reading these books, I came to think of research methods particularly in the field of my major, computer science. Probably the only way to truly acquire the methods is to go through several years of actual research in computer science, but it is good to know some methodologies that are systematized to some extent. I found out about useful information on Dr. Vasant Honavar’s website: Graduate Research, Writing, and Careers in Computer Science. This web page contains a whole bunch of helpful links over various topics for computer science graduate students like me. I would be appreciate if you would be willing to leave your comments about other information on these topics.