Links for writing a scientific paper
These are links to instructions on the web:
Finally, some tips by Mathijs
- on finding literature:
- Read this Simple guide to
the research process: a tutorial.
- Start with books and survey/overview papers: they are generally easier
to digest. Then try some more specific journal papers. Use conference
papers mainly for finding out about recent results.
- Use our library's virtual knowledge center for computer
- Search in Google
TU Delft Library Mult-database search,
IEEE, and your own
University library's catalogue.
- Keep track of conferences (e.g. see the list at Confy), and
journals on your topic and check (once in a while) whether some interesting
articles have been published in those.
- As soon as you find an interesting article, also check the author's
homepage(s) for more recent results, and of course follow the references made in this paper.
- Find people in your own university, or otherwise nearby who have more
expertise in this field than you have and ask (email?) them to recommend some
literature or conferences.
- Search on-line using a computer on the campus of your university; many
journals are available only to subscribers, and this is often checked using
the IP address your browser sends along.
- on reading a paper:
- Add a paper to your BibTex database as soon as you find it (before you even print it).
- If it is not there already, write the publication year on the print.
- Make some notes immediately after you read it.
- on writing a paper:
- Try to focus on one original idea in your paper. Summarize it in the abstract, introduce it
in the introduction, explain it in detail in the body, and draw some
conclusions in the final section.
- Use a dictionary and a thesaurus! On the web you may like Merriam-Webster or the Oxford English Dictionary
(the latter is subscribed by the Delft University). The TU Delft has
made the Van Dale locally
- Should be obvious, but apparently it isn't: use your spelling
- Use LaTeX (Windows:MikTeX) for your text, with for example the LyX frontend.
- Use BibTeX and for example JabRef for your references. (Both programs are included in any Linux distribution.)
- Use GnuPlot to generate your graphs, and for example GasTex, GraphViz, or XFig to draw figures like graphs.
- Last, but not least, you really should use Subversion to keep track of
all your files and documents (both code and text). Request a subversion
repository from our IT support.
Especially for PhD students: you should read these excerpts of the book
Promoveren--Een wegwijzer voor de beginnend wetenschapper.