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Is it ethical to get some help from Stack Exchange for my research as a PhD student?

Yes, it is ethical to seek, accept, and use help in a dissertation. The only difficulty in accepting help from others, and especially on sites like this, is giving acknowledgement to those who provide ...
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How old can references or sources in a thesis be?

References can be as old as they need to be to cover the material. I had some that were more than 30 years old. But if all of your references are "old," people are going to want to know why. You ...
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Creating a permanent URL to put in a publication

Maybe Zenodo or other "Academic Data Repository". Googling this would give you a list. Zenodo have some advantages. Gives you a DOI, Digial Object Identifier, a unique link and a academic standard ...
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Should I cite non-peer reviewed work that helped in my research in a peer-reviewed publication?

Actually you must cite it to avoid plagiarism. It doesn't matter whether it is peer reviewed or not, the ideas are those of another and you need to avoid suggesting otherwise. But, using non peer ...
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Creating a permanent URL to put in a publication

If you also have some code associated with this data that you might like to share, another option might be GitHub. You wouldn't host the 12GB dataset in a GitHub repository itself; instead you would ...
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Why are online lecture notes usually not accessible to non-students?

Surely 'cuz you're not paying the tuition for the class... To put it bluntly, that's what tuition is for: to give you access to class material and instructor time. I doubt having coursework material ...
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Why do conferences and other academic events still mostly happen offline?

Conferences are not organised for the talks alone. They are more like the academic equivalent of a pool party or a weekend football league. Although on the face of it the purpose might look like ...
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Why does this US DOI manuscript on archaeological sites have blacked-out text?

The gps coordinates or other similar information is withheld for some sensitive archeological sites to try to minimize vandalism and other issues such as unauthorized "collectors". For ...
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How do I generate an Undergraduate Thesis worthy of publication?

What do you expect from a good bachelor's thesis? The expectations for a bachelor's thesis vary from country to country and from field to field. However, I think the main points can be summarised as ...
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Creating a permanent URL to put in a publication

There are services that provide enough to support 12 GB of data. For example, Figshare provides 20 GB of free space (file size limit 5 GB) for private storage and apparently unlimited public space. ...
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Is the Chegg Honor Shield tool an effective promotor of Academic Honesty?

I'll make the argument: No, instructors should not use this tool at Chegg. In general, Chegg is among the worst actors of the online academic community. Their business model is fundamentally ...
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Is it appropriate to cite vulgar websites used for gathering data?

Citation is not the same thing as describing your methods. It sounds like you need to describe your research methods, not use citations. Those research methods may include listing URLs that you ...
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What is the preferable way to share data?

The most common and sustainable thing to do is to deposit the data in a research data repository. Depending on which one you choose, the data will get a persistent identifier, e.g. a DOI, can be cited ...
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Why does this US DOI manuscript on archaeological sites have blacked-out text?

Yes, this is a form of censorship. However, it is well motivated and is meant to protect important cultural resources. It is likely that most of the information which has been redacted is related to ...
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Why are online lecture notes usually not accessible to non-students?

In my observation, this change is a recent epiphenomenon that is tied to the widespread organizational deployment of learning management systems (LMS). Thirty years ago, course notes were not ...
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What value does self-learning a course (or several) have in graduate admissions?

Does it carry any importance? (to admissions) Little to none. Anyone can claim to have studied something independently. If you want to increase your chances of admissions, you need to provide ...
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How can I add an animation or video to a peer review report without using "unprofessional" sites like imgur or youtube?

It is the responsibility of the journal to provide you with the means to effectively do your job as a reviewer. So, if you need to share an animation file, you can ask the journal for advice on how to ...
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Why are online lecture notes usually not accessible to non-students?

In practice, the decisive questions for an instructor posting their notes online are: Are you, as a writer, sufficiently proud of your own notes that you won't be embarrassed to see them circulate ...
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How do I get an email alert when my paper is cited?

The top answer mentions setting up a "google scholar citation profile" to get notified automatically when any of your articles are cited. Those instructions may be out of date, so here's how to do it ...
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Can research rejected by journals has any chances being accepted if it is disseminated by the social media?

In my experience, even peer-reviewed publications are rarely read. There are a handful of influential papers in each field (from what I have seen) which are read and cited. But beyond these, a lot of ...
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How do I generate an Undergraduate Thesis worthy of publication?

I'm trying for an Ig Nobel. First, let me say that I love your attitude. Academia could stand to enjoy a bit more humor, especially when applied productively. Some of that's been lost when people ...
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How do I cite RFCs?

There's a draft of IETF recommendations for citing RFCs in BibTeX. Using these recommendations, RFCs are considered as a technical report. The authors would be the people who wrote the RFC, and the ...
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How can I add an animation or video to a peer review report without using "unprofessional" sites like imgur or youtube?

I recommend Figshare which supports sharing scientific data in various formats (images, videos, structured data, code, etc). You have the option to share with or without creating a DOI. However, ...
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How old can references or sources in a thesis be?

There is no rule about the age of citations. For example in my PhD-thesis I quoted some math-papers from 1600s that were originally written in latin (but those were exceptions). Much more relavant ...
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Where can I pay professional researchers online to verify my results and answer my questions?

The harsh answer: You probably can't. At least, unless you are somehow quite wealthy, and if that was the case, I suppose you could simply pay for enrollment at another university. Let me try and ...
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Is it ethical to use a textbook required for a class that was easily found online?

If you're asking whether this will be seen as ethical by a university administration, the answer is no. The law probably lines up with the ethics that fall into the professional norms of the ...
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What is the preferable way to share data?

If it is data that is of general interest, then go for a public repository as FuzzyLeapfrog mentioned (of course, only do this, if you have the legal right to do so). If it is something that is very ...
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Is it appropriate to cite vulgar websites used for gathering data?

There is no room for bashfulness in research As the other answers here point out: (a) if you require information for your research that can only come from pornographic websites, then you are going to ...
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How can I add an animation or video to a peer review report without using "unprofessional" sites like imgur or youtube?

I'm an EiC for a journal, have been for years. youtube and imgur domains are fine. Keep the words professional - nobody cares much about the website.
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How do industrial researchers get access to online journals?

But I suppose normal industrial jobs (e.g. software engineer in Amazon) don't grant online subscription to journal (like, access to a network IP with subscription, just like many university accounts). ...
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