Links and Documents for MS & PhD Students, Research and Publications

Last Updated: 17.01.2013


DOCUMENTS by M. Ufuk Çağlayan


1.      Incremental Document Template (MS .doc file) (LaTex file by Burak Gürdağ)

2.      How to name your document files (MS .doc file)




1.      The illustrated guide to Ph.D, by Matt Might

2.      A very, very classical book: Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr.

3.      How to Succeed in Graduate School: A Guide for Students and Advisors, by Marie desJardins, Crossroads, the Online ACM Student Magazine, January 1995

4.      Writing Technical Articles, by Henning Schulzrinne, Columbia University

5.      Non-Technical Talks by David Patterson, U.C. Berkeley (Especially, read “How to Have a Bad Career In Research/Academia”

6.      How to Be a Good Graduate Student, by Biswanath Mukherjee, U.C. Davis

7.      Do not be turned off by bad paper reviews..!
We are sorry to inform you, Simone Santini (
UC San Diego), Computer, December 2005 (download from IEEE Xplore)

8.      Richard Hamming, “You and Your Research,” by J. F. Kaiser, Bell Communications Research, NJ

9.      Useful Things to Know About PhD Thesis Research, H.T. Kung, Harvard University

10.  Ronald Azuma’s PhD Guide

11.  Nicholas J. Higham, Handbook of Writing for the Mathematical Sciences, SIAM (Copy in BU Library)

12.  Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis

13.  Research Proposal Guide

14.  How to Read a Paper (S. Keshav, ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review, Volume 37, Number 3, July 2007)

15.  The Last Lecture

16.  Phil Agre, Networking on the Network: A Guide to Professional Skills for PhD Students (pdf copy, in case the web link does not work)




1.      Marriage vs the PhD (and many other very useful and fun documents about PhD study,, the site of Piled Higher and Deeper, by Jorge Cham, especially check )

2.      Newton’s Three Laws of Graduation (Mostly for PhD Students), from

3.      Ali (Kadir İnanir) Araştırmayı Nasıl Bıraktı?

4.      Çapkın Değilim, Yüksek Mühendisim..!




1.      Theodore Streleski, a graduate student in mathematics at Stanford University, murdering his former faculty advisor, Professor Karel de Leeuw, with a small sledge hammer on August 18, 1978, in his 19th year pursuing his doctorate (Wikipedia Link)

2.      Philip Greenspun’s Web Pages