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How to search for list of papers citing both papers A and B?

For given papers A and B, I would like to search for all papers that cite both A and B. I guess one can generalize to papers {A,B,C,...} and find all papers that cite all of them. A quick Google ...
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How can I find out which digital libraries include a given journal?

When I am looking for a journal online, I have to do search for it in every electronic database one by one. Is there an easy way to find which electronic databases provide that journal? I am doing ...
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How to know the full name of paper authors?

I have the following citation: M. Hama and T, Imahashi. Periodic β-expansions for certain classes of Pisot numbers. Comment. Math. Univ. St. Paul. 46(2):103–116, 1997. I prefer citing the full ...
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When did using the Internet for academic research become standard practice?

From the Data Journalism Handbook: Lamentably the act of reading this book will not supply you with a comprehensive repertoire of all if the knowledge and skills you need to become a data ...
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Are there online resources for finding information on M.S. programs that fit my criteria, without having to go through every school's website?

I'm looking for an M.S. in Computer Science and I found it difficult to properly navigate all the available degrees. I'm interested in a particular focus (computer graphics, not modelling and that ...
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Are TED presentations academically credible?

Maybe many people will be fascinated by TED speakers, including me. They give us a new perspective. For example, the TED talk The best stats you've ever seen by Hans Rosling. However, when I talked ...
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Theoretical biology curriculum [closed]

I am really passionate about theoretical and quantitative biology and I would like to build my future career around this topic. I've just got my bachelor's degree in biology (ecology) and I will ...
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How to find credible sources for a general reference?

I am currently writing a paper in which I have many topics to describe. It would not be productive to read and cite papers or even books on the topics because I just have to describe them very briefly ...
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Are there any undergraduate research programs available online?

Is there something like an undergraduate research programme (given by a good institution) in mathematics/theoretical physics which provides a research opportunity in which I can collaborate online and ...
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How to get researchers (students and professors) to increase their commitment to staying current in their field?

I was reading this question in this site and the questions shaped. As a research student at the university, I have full access to the internet on my mobile phone and laptop at almost any place. But ...
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How to announce a new web-page?

Our lab has recently developed a new webpage; we are thinking of ways to announce it's creation via social media and email: Is there an etiquette for making such announcements? Perhaps there are ...
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Message board for finding private grants

I am a PhD student studying in the US and I am interested in finding research-grants relevant to the research area to which I have recently switched to, viz. computational geometry problems in ...
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May I modify the code/program for my undergraduate thesis project?

I have a project for undergraduate thesis. Then, I found this Chapter VBI-6. Hand and Finger Detection. In the Downloads section, there's code that we can download and launched. I want to use it and ...
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Forum for discussing research paper

I am trying to implement an algorithm given in a paper. I have some questions which I would like to clear out since implementation requires complete clarity on all the concepts/algorithms/arguments ...
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Should I treat specialized wikis with the same scrutiny as Wikipedia itself?

Suppose I am making a paper on the impact of popular TV shows on the spread of correct knowledge and facts about current and past events. Shows like South Park, The Simpsons and likely others often ...
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Is there any reason to not make course details public?

While attending a course sometime back, I recall an instructor saying, "I need to warn (other instructor's name)...their course syllabus is available to anyone!" I do not have access to an LMS for my ...
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Need help distinguishing between a primary and secondary source

I am trying to figure out if the following article is a primary or secondary source. http://genome.cshlp.org/content/20/5/547.full.pdf I'm leaning towards secondary but here are my cases for both. ...
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What information to put in Bibliography for a Online Course

In preparation for my honours thesis, I recently completed a (free) Online Course on the broader field, presented by a world class expert. I would like to (am ethically required to?) put this in my ...
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How can I show which data I'm using in my paper?

I've just started reading papers about speech recognition and algorithms on medium sized graphs (~800,000 nodes and 4,400,000 edges with some connected text data). I think a problem of these papers is ...
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arXiv is running out of IDs — is their solution known?

I just noticed that arXiv.org is basically running out of monthly IDs, as can be seen in this graph (source [13-12-09]): They have gone over 8000 monthly submissions 3 times in last 1.5 years. With ...
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Short reference on writing numbers and units

What's a quick and useful reference, either in print or online, for writing numbers and reporting measurements in scientific texts? Something I could distribute to all new students, which would cover ...
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Are there any online tools to calculate academic collaboration distance (i.e. a generalisation of the Erdős number)?

The Erdős number is the academic collaboration distance someone has to Paul Erdős. MathSciNet has a tool to calculate the collaboration distance between two mathematicians (where one may or may not ...
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Journals similar to Journal of Chemical Education in style

What are the journals similar to Journal of Chemical Education which are helpful from middle school through graduate school? I mean the journals which publish articles which are good resources for ...
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How to write an academic paper for the first time?

While writing an answer to that question, I realized I don't really have a good list of resources that could be useful to first-time authors, like MSc or PhD students who write their first paper. I ...
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Is there a “scientific” online source for famous direct qoutes?

I'm searching for an online source that is considered "scientific" to look up some well-known quotes such as "There's no such thing as a free lunch." (Milton Friedman). I may want to use kind of an ...
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Does an author have to submit an article to Math databases once it has been published in a journal?

Let us suppose one publishes an article in a peer-reviewed journal that is archived, indexed, etc. in databases such as Zentralblatt, ResearchBib, etc. Does the author have to manually submit his/her ...
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Website management for group seminar

I am planning to start running a group seminar, with talks scheduled regularly, at my institute. The seminars might be of interest for people in neighbouring areas, too, so I would like to have an ...
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Statistics on readership and posting habits for academic blogs

Although this stackexchange seems to be a little hostile towards metrics (especially when they are about research productivity), it is still sometimes fun to indulge in a little bit of arbitrary ...
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In-class pop quizzes (online) and how to moderate them

I teach an undergraduate course in thermodynamics. In class pop (surprize) quizzes account for about 10% of the grade. I use canvas for my in-class quizzes (and to collect homework assignments, start ...
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What is the proper way to cite the usage of an API?

For a grant I am writing, I need to describe how I mined data from social media sites. I collected data from sites such as Twitter using each site's API and a Python wrapper. In writing my methods, I ...
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Searching for a quotation manager

I’m looking for a way to manage the text of the quotations that most certainly I will use (i.e. quote) in the future. I’m a philosopher, so this is specially handy —and even required— for the ...
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What are risks or disadvantages in uploading to figshare or related services?

Figshare lets researches publish figures and data for long-term archival and public access. I just found out about it and find the idea sympathetic. See for example their F.A.Q.. What risks are ...
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Academic discretion: Should one participate in online forums or Stack Exchange sites anonymously?

As we may ask and answer various questions on online forums or stack exchange regarding teaching, research, publishing etc; it may reveal our lack of knowledge on any basic topic. This might hurt us ...
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Reproducing figures in blog/SE posts

Sometimes when I am writing a review blog post (or an answer on SE), it is convenient to include a figure from the original paper. Some journals (say PNAS) have policies that explicitly allow ...
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How do MIT OpenCourseware and real MIT courses compare?

Are MIT courses much different from MIT OpenCourseWare? I am curious, because as a high schooler, I have some intent to study from MIT OpenCourseWare. Will this allow me to be more comfortable if I ...
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Can I use my blog posts for an academic publication?

It is not very clear in the publication guidelines of journals or conferences whether one can post some preliminary data or results online (blog, twitter, facebook, etc.), gather feedback, and then ...
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How to create PDF of slides with audio?

When creating online learning materials, I like the idea of sharing slideshows with audio commentary for each slide. I know it is possible to do this with PowerPoint (e.g., see this MS Office ...
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What's the best way to share my presentation slides online?

I'm thinking of posting slides from some of my technical presentations online. One option I've used in the past is just posting the PDFs. But I've seen some sites that offer nice interfaces for ...
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Is it OK to present a URL using a link shortening service?

Is it OK to present a URL using a link shortening service such as bit.ly? The reason I'm asking is that I think it's a lot easier to enter this URL (e.g., if you read it in a paper) as opposed to full ...
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Good practices with lab wikis?

OpenWetWare and Google Sites have been effective strategies in curating lab knowledge. I was curious about what are effective ways to create an effective wiki. Factors include: Ease of use and low ...
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PowerPoint presentations including Latex both under Windows and Mac OS [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to make a presentation that includes math symbols? I have been using TeX4PPT for PowerPoint under Windows for a few years to include matematical formulas in PP ...
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Why do so few universities offer OpenCourseWare videos of their lessons?

OpenCourseWare has become more and more popular over the years, and quite a good number of universities make their lessons available in the form of online videos. However, compared to the total number ...
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How do you “grow your own” post doc opportunity?

I am a finishing doctoral student (graduation in ~7-9 months) and I would love to get an year or so of postdoctoral experience. I've come to understand that a postdoc is generally paid by funds ...
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Is web-presence important for researchers?

How important is web-presence to researchers? How does its importance vary by fields? (My interest is STEM, theory in particular) I noticed that there is a pretty large variation in amount of ...
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Looking for sources of online graduate-level education

Can anyone suggest sources of online graduate-level education, as well as some criticism of them? Both free and paid are valid. I'm familiar with these sources: Academic Earth MIT OpenCourseWare ...
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Are there any online tools for student collaborative learning?

There are many disciplines where collaborative learning is the norm; group projects in engineering, working in pairs in bio & chem laboratories, writing papers in a variety of fields, and ...
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Online resources for summer schools in software engineering?

I'm looking for an online resources that lists all summer schools of the actual year in a specific domain. Are there any sites? I just found one: Summer Schools in Europe, but this site seems to be a ...