I\’m Too Sexy for My Master\’s Thesis

super sexy wednesday

Posted in tips,tools by Rae on 10 May 2006

I've collected a number of miscellaneous links of possible interest to graduate students and researchers, so I've created "super sexy wednesday" as a platform for sharing those links. I'll do this every week.


Most researchers are probably familiar with Google Scholar, and Microsoft recently unveiled their Live Academic Search. Elsa Wenzel offers a quick comparison of the two here.The New York Times published an article today on Microsoft and Google's apparent collision course: Microsoft and Google Grapple for Supremacy as Stakes Escalate. (via Open Access News)


Announcing the official Inside Google Book Search blog.


You've probably heard about the Cornyn-Lieberman Bill. If not, it' a proposed bill that would make federally-funded research into open access research. I see it as aiding the intellectual and research community, but not everyone's enthusiastic. The Association of American Publishers issued their protest yesterday. Click here to read more about it and what open access proponents are saying in response to the publishers' concerns.


The Chronicle has a piece on the problems posed by multimedia dissertations. My project is a plain, ol' words on paper kinda thesis, so this is not a problem I'm facing. Still, it's food for thought.


Tomorrow's Professor Blog has a useful post that

looks at some practical suggestions for choosing the right dissertation topic in the humanities and social sciences. It is from Chapter 4 Finishing the Doctoral Degree in a Timely Fashion: The Dissertation as a Key Factor in the Humanities and Social Sciences, by Cynthia Verba, in Scholarly Pursuits: A Guide to Professional Development During the Graduate Years.

Check it out.


A possibly handy tool for grad students: ExpressPDF lets you convert online Word, Excel, web pages to PDF for free.

(via Library Stuff)


The 5th edition of A Pocket Guide to Writing in History by Mary Lynn Rampolla will be released in July.


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