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Publications that report latest research findings are collectively referred to as literature in academia.

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Can I cite almost total literature survey from a textbook unit?

Suppose I'm writing a research paper on topic T. Additionally, suppose there is a textbook or research paper on topic T that covers all the progress of the topic from its initial time to 2018 ...
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How to cope with the abuse of notation in the literature? [closed]

In mathematics or (mostly) in computer science, there is a much gap between the literature and the standard textbooks. Many good research papers are also abusing the notations either with or without ...
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Best practice when summarizing (not reviewing) research literature [closed]

I recently started my PhD program and have already accumulated a vast amount of papers on my to-read-list. I never had troubles reading and remembering content of academic papers, but this pile is ...
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References that are not literature or qualified sources

The Duale Hochschule has published this guideline (German) (this question might be specific to the studies in Germany) and it does quite a good job explaining how literature shall be cited and put ...
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How to read without specific purpose?

Posting for a friend, but in first person for simplicity. I am a research master student in linguistics of a particular language. In my bachelor thesis and some coursework I specialised on a very ...
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How to stay up to date with large conferences?

I do research in a very popular area that publishes primarily at conferences (machine learning). The result is that a few times a year, my field has a large influx of papers. Just skimming the latest ...
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Will past medschool failure history affect Graduate admission in Literature/Linguistic major?

14 years ago, I attended med school. After 6 years and chronic depression issue, I decided to withdraw from that program. This means I have an official transcript, but of course did not earn a degree. ...
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Can I publish an improved variation of a prior method or/and the results I found using it?

I am doing economic analyses of natural resources based on processes seen in the real world (geology) for my PhD thesis. The model I have built is mostly inspired from an already well-established ...
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eInk eBook reader for reading scientific PDF papers (as of 2018)

While reading lot's of papers for my Thesis, I was looking for another solution than printing important papers. So I started browsing the internets, watched tons of reviews on YouTube, etc. I ...
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What is the “chain search” method for literature search?

I am working through a tutorial about literature search, reading, and writing. It says: Chain Search: A chain search consists of finding suitable literature by letting one text lead you to the ...
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What strategies are there for finding literature for a literature survey when the terminology used is diverse?

I want to write a literature survey on a topic, let's say it's risk of crime due to a new technology, let's say due to the Gutenberg press. However, when I search for the overall theme (crime and "...
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Literature review both by keywords in title and sorting by publishing date

Is there any free online databases where I can do literature review by (1) giving keyword(s) that occur in title (2) at the same time, sorting by publishing date from newest to oldest? I found ...
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What should be our attitude towards small research findings that seemed to be a small jigsaw puzzle to something larger? [closed]

In the literature, there are many types of research findings, from big ones that attract so much attention that even the mass media will talk about it such as the LIGO gravitational wave detections. ...
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Following academic development, citation, new publications - From a pre-existing “library”

"Library" in this context means the papers/books that you have in program X (Zotero, Mendeley, etc.) forming the literary core of a project or topic. Is there an already-established method to ...
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What kind of index of papers is behind the search functionality of web applications and services related to the scientific literature?

There are many, many websites that include a search function that returns a list of papers matching some keyword: Scirate, Shortscience, Brevy, etc. Do all these sites run their own crawlers and ...
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List of citation graph browsers?

What are good ways to explore/discover literature visually, e.g. a visual interface for Google Scholar? There are a few tools to explore the citation graph ("which papers cite which papers"). Some are ...
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How to use MLA for a paper in Spanish?

I'm currently working on a Spanish paper in MLA for an undergraduate course and have stumbled on some confusion for my Works Cited for which I can find no definitive answer. MLA says that I should use ...
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How much should I write about the competing policies?

I'm working on a political science problem that has attracted (by my count) fourteen proposed solutions, ranging from somewhat useful to positively harmful. Some are already law in many countries; ...
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Is it okay to copy paste some part of my Bachelor's thesis literature review for my own Master's thesis?

So my bachelor's thesis and master's topics bear some similarity. Now I am doing literature review for my master's thesis under same supervisor. Can I copy some relevant parts (about 10 pages long) ...
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Literature review and originality

Everyday there are hundreds of papers published worldwide in every single area of study. I am mostly interested in architecture and environmental psychology. A question arises how to assure that we ...
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When peer reviewers are public/open, are they less likely to be critical of a manuscript?

I have been peer reviewing scholarly manuscripts for more than 10 years, and I am always concerned that the quality of my reviews might be impacted by the fact that my name is made public to authors ...
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Literature review in thesis and research paper

What are the major differences between a thesis and research paper literature review? Despite the volume of literature citations between thesis and research article what are the other major ...
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Is it better to focus on relearning mathematics fundamentals or learn material as needed to understand research papers?

I am working toward a PhD degree and my major involves lot of mathematics. The problem is that my basis of math is not very strong but after putting a lot of time I can understand the theorems, lemmas,...
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Are there differences between academic papers and industrial papers?

Are there differences between academic papers (f.e. a (conference) paper written by PhD students and/or professors) and industrial papers (f.e. a conference paper written by engineers working for a ...
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Disagreeing politely

Suppose I disagree with the methods and/or conclusions of a paper published in a scientific journal, and I produce some new results that refute the claims in this paper. What would be the best way to ...
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Ideas for and approaches to adding value to literature reviews

One of the tasks in my short-to-mid-term plan is to convert my dissertation into several research papers. In this context, I was thinking about extracting my dissertation's literature review (which is ...
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Why are some research papers scanned with OCR instead of actual PDF?

I have some research papers in PDF format that are actually scanned (and then OCRed) instead of being the original PDF. Some are so badly created that text cannot be properly searched inside. For ...
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Assessing the relevance of textbooks

I have accumulated a lot of textbooks, many of which I have yet to read, and I am wondering how to determine the relevance of those books for me based on my field of study, my interests, and academic ...
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How to locate most important literature in an unfamiliar area

I'm a pre-doctoral researcher (does it exist?) figuring out my true interests and learning the craft. When I start exploring a new (that is, unfamiliar) area, I try to find the most influential ...
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How to 'stay up to date' in your field?

In academia, it's important to stay up to date with the latest 'hot' hypotheses in the your field. By 'hot', I mean the hypothesis that are most important/topical/relevant/popular. Perhaps the best ...
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How to best approach literature with low information content for good retention

My question relates to a certain type of opaque pseudo-technical prose that unfortunately is so pervasive in management literature. Authors with this kind of writing style like to make completely ...
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Searching for open source literature management software [duplicate]

I recently started my PhD and now try to find a convenient software for managing my literature research. What I want it to be able to do is: Let me highlight PDFs Add notes to PDFs Add tags to my ...
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Should I cite every study that supports my point?

Suppose I'm writing a paper and at some point in the paper (e.g. the background section), I write that "Vanilla ice cream is healthier than chocolate ice cream." I search EBSCO and find check all ...
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Should we trust a journal article that does not cite any previous work?

My area of interest is not so well-researched in the US, but it attracts more interest in some developing countries where the topic is more relevant, but also where academic standards tend to be ...
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Top authors in a field

I'd like to write down a list of the top authors in my field in order to keep up to date with literature. Can anybody suggest any systematic approach to build such a list?
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Is there an affordable way for non-students to subscribe to multi-journals/archives?

As a student I had free access to thousands of scholarly articles through my universities in databases/archives such as JSTOR, EBSCOhost, Google Scholar, Econlit, PubMed, etc, etc. With no ...
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How to find size of academic literature in a given discipline?

The question is related to the trend of research and focus on different disciplines. Is there some trend assesment which shows the number of articles or conferences on a specific disciplines? If ...
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Is there any requirement to cite recent literature in publications?

Recently I submitted my first paper to a philosophy journal and got a rejection. This is of course nothing unusual, but as someone with a STEM background, I was surprised by the reason for the ...
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How should I ask for library services for literature review?

Early on the research planning process, I would like to make use of the services offered by public libraries. Including online library services, what is the best way they could help a student ...
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Can we first claim and then find the evidence when we write the literature review (i.e., using confirmatory technique)?

I have a question regarding a researcher’s practice in writing. Let me give you some background about this issue. Here’s what this researcher does when writing introductions and literature reviews. ...
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How can I express “I can't find any papers written about this”?

I'm an undergraduate writing a paper for a philosophy course in logic. My paper is exploring a relationship between Leibniz' logic and graph theory. In writing the paper, I've found some material in ...
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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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How to get better at identifying research gaps?

One of the crucial skills of a scientist is to identify research gaps. Unfortunately, students rarely receive much formal training in this skill during their studies. How can one get better at ...
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Does interdisciplinary research usually require reading/reviewing more literature?

This may be quite a difficult question to answer in general, but I suspect that the answer is "yes" as less-well-defined discipline boundaries mean having to read more to cover all bases. Can anyone ...
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Non-English literature: should we check for prior work?

How far should we go when considering the possibility that a (non spectacular, bur relevant) result has already appeared in any other language different from English? Is it safe to ignore non-English ...
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Merge tables from different sources (APA citation)

What I want to do is copy a table found in paper 1 and expand upon it using information from different sources. I'm doing a literature review and the table I found gives a nice summary of the ...
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Is a research article the most comprehensive information available about a research project?

I sometimes stumble upon an article about an experiment, e.g a medical experiment done in some medical journal, or an article refering to a physics experiment done, and would like to know more exact ...
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What advantages do libraries offer over the internet for doing a literature survey in Mathematics or CS

Currently my literature surveys do not involve trips to the library and I am wondering if I am missing out on something important. What sort of material/knowledge can the library provide that I would ...
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Visualization tool for paper citations

Does anyone know if there is a tool that takes a paper (pdf) and is able to produce a directed graph of the citations, and if possible take the papers that are cited and use the citations of those ...
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Selecting the relevant papers for a survey paper I have to write?

I have to write a paper as an assignment for one of the courses that I take in University. The main outcome of this lecture is having a good final paper in the end. As we are Masters students, the ...