Learning resourcesThis is a collection of resources on subjects such as how to write, how to do a literature review, how to plan a report or dissertation, how to avoid plagiarism and how to do research.
For students who are new to Bristol
The "How-to" lecture seriesThis is a list of the old (until 2011) lectures. From 2012 there are new ones with similar content.
- Research, Reading & Synthesis (Peter Flach)
- Planning, Risk & Reflection (Andrew Charlesworth)
- Writing and Referencing (Andrew Charlesworth)
- Written Communication, Critical Assessment, and Avoiding Plagiarism (Tim Kovacs)
- Introduction to searching for computer science literature (Patricia Rogers)
General hints and tips
- Where to get help in the department of computer science and the university by Tim Kovacs
- Hints for written work by Peter Flach and Tim Kovacs
- Hints for oral presentations by Peter Flach and Tim Kovacs
- Links on how to do research and more by Sylvia Miksch [local copy 07/09]
- An essay on Crafting papers on Machine Learning which has good general advice [local copy 07/09]
- Tips on reading and writing from UCL's London Philosophy Study Guide [local copy 07/09]
- Efficient Reading of Papers in Science and Technology [local copy 07/09]
- Working with Norman Ramsey. A guide for students on working with a supervisor. [local copy 09/08]
- Notes on presenting theses by Aaron Sloman [local copy 07/09]
- Student syndrome
- Writing and presenting your thesis or dissertation by S. Joseph Levine [local copy 07/09]
- Examples of bad writing by Tim Kovacs
- Mathematical Writing by Donald E. Knuth, Tracy Larrabee and Paul M. Roberts. Notes on "Issues of technical writing and the effective presentation of mathematics and computer science. Preparation of theses, papers, books, and "literate" computer programs".
- Handout for the workshop "Software for Experiments" by Tim Kovacs and Rob Egginton.
Services outside the department
- You can talk to the Student Counselling Service about any issue. They have a range of services including some online programs you can try at any time.
- Bristol Nightline is available 8pm-8am.
Books on writing
- The Elements of Style [wikipedia, HTML copy] is considered by some to be a classic, but has also been severely criticised.
- You Can Write Better English is aimed at Chinese speakers
- Hints for avoiding plagiarism by Tim Kovacs
- Plagiarism information and advice from the U. of Bristol library
- The Computer Science Handbook section on plagiarism.
- Avoiding plagiarism - a guide for students from the University of Oregon.
Philosophy of Science
- Types of research in computing science software engineering and artificial intelligence by Aaron Sloman [local copy in PDF 07/09]
- Bertrand Russell on education
Tools for literature searches
For PhDs and RAs
- The Education Support Unit's research skills portal
- Guidelines for Markers by Tim Kovacs
- You and your research by Richard Hamming.
- The PhD Experience by Mihir Bellare [local copy 07/09]
- A short guide to PhD study by John Langford [local copy 09/08]
- Junk conferences by Tim Kovacs
- Junk Journals: Open Access Publisher Accepts Nonsense Manuscript for Dollars
- Scientists credited on ghostwritten articles 'should be charged with fraud'
- Write-only publications
- Sitting in on units. By Tim Kovacs
- The Value of Group Projects for PhD Students by Tim Kovacs
- Personal development
- Royal Academy of Engineering / EPSRC Research Fellowships
- Summary of the "Is there life after a PhD?" conference 2009
- On the role of mathematical formalism in research: Two cheers for formalism by Paul Krugman. You may want to start with section 3, which is of general interest; the earlier parts deal with charges of excessive formalism in economics.
- Aims, Objectives and Guidelines for PhD students by Tim Kovacs. For the impatient there's a much shorter slide presentation.
- Postgraduate "What's on" bulletins. Updates on postgraduate education nationally and locally, news from UKCGE, Vitae, the International Unit and EUA and information on events and conferences.
- The 5 stars of open linked data
- Academic Productivity blog
- Some articles from Matt Might's blog
ConferencesResearchers should, almost without explicit effort, pick up knowledge about which conferences and journals in their area are most highly regarded. Rankings and statistics such as those below can be useful but are not a replacement for first-hand knowledge. It's best to ask someone who knows the area.
Public communication of science
- Sense about science
- Why all our kids should be taught to code. Article by John Naughton in the Guardian, March 2012.
- Machine Learning and Data Mining MSc introductory talks on matlab, latex, version control ...
- The Intelligent Systems Lab's research links page
This page is maintained by Tim Kovacs