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What is the academic argument against Sci-Hub? There are none. The arguments against sci-hub are legal or economic. Copyright is a legal right, not a moral or intellectual right. You could argue that repositories like ArXiv or open access journals are better than sci-hub because they are more reliable. But that is not an argument against sci-hub.


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There is no typical, even within a field, because different professors tend to find different "niches" in how they relate to the literature, and the depth with which they read papers. I have known some professors who establish themselves as the "scholars" of a department and deeply read dozens of papers per week. I have known other professors who rarely ...


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It is counterproductive and anti-intellectual for a historian to "sanitize" history. One of the reasons to study history is to learn from it. If we provide only a nice-nicey view of history it is basically impossible to learn anything. We use innuendo instead of plain facts, perhaps, but that is just sweetener in a bitter pill. Historically bad things have ...


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In general I don't think it's a big issue but alternatives may look better, here are a few suggestions: "Let's take a step back" -> "from a broader perspective"; "in a larger context" "Let's look at the data" -> you don't need this at all, you can just start talking about the data: "the data shows that...", "in the data we observe that..." "Let's look at ...


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ETS has quite a bit in defense of the predictive value. Of course, take it with a grain of salt. Still, I think you will find less issues with range restriction in their studies (or studies they cite). https://www.ets.org/gre/research/validity_evidence_predicting_grad_success https://news.ets.org/stories/gre-test-validity-putting-it-in-perspective/ ...


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Every journal and conference I've ever published with allows me to post my papers on my personal website and distribute them freely. When SciHub posts my work they are not actually adding any value, as my work is already available for free. Instead, they're breaking copyright law and driving traffic away from my personal website, where interested researchers ...


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Your intended audience should be able to read your paper without referencing other papers. So, unless your entire target audience will already have read the survey in question, you should summarize it for them. Saying "go read this survey, then come back" is a dereliction of duty. Note my reference to "your intended audience" -- a publication in Nature has a ...


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Just go look for some textbooks or general review papers on software testing and/or efficiency of software testing. The idea of the Intro is to give a little bit of the big picture. Of course your problem will be it's own tiny brick in the wall. But it's helpful to have some general idea of the field. ' Since this is a bachelor's thesis, you don't need ...


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In general, the literature review means discussing the ways that other people have tried to solve similar problems in the past, and then giving some comparison/contrast between what has been done previously and what you are about to. i.e. put your work in context of existing work. You might see it worded something like this: "Historically, two main ...


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A perspective from a different but adjacent issue I have had to deal with - specialized historical scholarship that ends up relying on sources that incidentally use offensive/jarring terminology and stereotypes regarding (North American) Indigenous peoples. (Sometimes esp. in emotionally charged situations like race, reframing in terms of adjacent issue ...


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Assuming you want to be helpful to the readers (without regard for pleasing the authors of the cited articles), this depends on whether you are writing a guide to the literature, or merely explaining facts and results. A guide to the literature should include many sources, while saying something useful on these sources. An explanation of facts and results ...


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I agree with Buffy's answer that is is counterproductive to try to "sanitise" history. Whenever you are using some literary text, you should not censor any aspect of the text that would detract from understanding the point you are making. In some cases, if the text is used only to make a limited point that does not relate to the offending word, it may be ...


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I would avoid contractions and a too chatty manner. This doesn't mean you have to be stilted either. You can still use short sentences and short paragraphs and gutty Anglo-Saxon words. This will be enough to make your articles enjoyable to read--more so than the norm--while still passing the pompous preening set.


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I think this is frowned upon in academic writing. Personally, I am happy with abbreviated form like "let's" or "didn't", but since English is not my native language, I always need some time to extract the meaning of something like "that'd" (is it "that would" or "that had" or maybe something else?). So I would suggest to just the full unabbreviated form: ...


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You may have made a mistake, but it isn't a fatal one. You need a path forward. First, your undergraduate professors can still have credence in writing recommendations, but you need to keep in contact with them so you aren't forgotten. They can probably give you advice now on your current situation. I assume that you are early in your European studies. ...


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It is probably a mistake in extremely formal writing, but many people write as if the paper is a conversation between the author and the readier. If the material is appropriate for that view, then the form is quite appropriate. How formal the writing should be depends somewhat on where you do it and even more on the audience. One way to know whether it ...


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Imho there's no such thing as a "total" literature survey, a survey is a summary of the research in a particular field so there is some selection involved. If the research paper that you're writing presents a new contribution to the field, then you should show how this particular contribution relates to previous work. This usually requires you to give some ...


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