- Read a Graduate School Survival Guide
- How to Use LaTeX
- How to Search Journal Papers
- How to Code in the Julia Language
Read a Graduate School Survival Guide
To become an independent scholar
How to Use LaTeX
LaTeX is a powerful and useful typesetting tool for any writing. LaTeX is especially helpful for academic writings.
I strongly encourage any graduate student in engineering, especially operations research, to learn how to use LaTeX. To begin your learning, you can simply google ‘LaTeX’, or start with my guide.
How to Search Journal Papers
Of course, there are many ways to do this. Here is how I do it.
- Go to Google Scholar, and search with the article title. Sometimes it is helpful to add ‘University of South Florida’ (or your institution) to Library Links in Google Scholar Preferences. If USF has a subscription directly through the journal publisher, you will likely be able to access the article in the publisher’s website. However, sometimes, USF has a subscription to non-publisher services; try Step 2.
- Go to USF Libraries, search the article in the ‘Articles’ search box. Check the ‘Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed Articles only’ box. For older papers, USF may not have subscriptions; try Step 3.
- Just Google the article. You may find a working draft version of the article.
- See if USF Libraries has a hard copy of the article.
- If anything does not work, go to ILLiad to request a copy of the article from non-USF sources. ILLiad is an interlibrary loan service. After several days, you will likely receive a scanned PDF of the article.
- You may send a polite email to the author requesting a copy. The author may send you a working draft version.
How to Code in the Julia Language
Julia is a convenient computer language for scientific computing tasks such as numerical optimization, statistical analysis, and algorithm implementation. Any other languages, like C/C++, Java, Python, and MATLAB, are also fine, but I just find Julia handy, powerful, and interesting.
Read this Julia guide for operations research.
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