Otte's Assignment 5

PhD requirements: It is good to be reminded about the preliminary and comprehensive exams. On the website it said that 'The list of all area exams for the academic year will be finalized at the start of the Fall Semester and posted on the departmental website,' but I could not find this.

Cite Seer: The two things that I like best about Cite Seer are: a graph showing citations per year, and a pre-made BibTex entry. The former is useful for determining the current relevance of the article (i.e. are people still looking at this work, or has it been superseded by more recent publications), while the latter is a nice time saving convenience. Cite Seer allows an initial document search based on keywords. However, once a document has been found, related documents can be found a number of different ways including: documents located at the same site (of publication, or author), other papers that cite the paper in question, papers that are cited by the paper in question, co-citation, and other papers that are similar based on text. One nice feature of the site is that it is in a Wiki format, allowing it to be updated and corrected as needed. There are a lot of documents available for direct download, and they often come in a few different formats.

ACM portal: This resource gives access to a lot of good publications, however they are predominantly ACM related. The ACM is huge (and well respected), therefore, there a lot of good resources available on just about any computer science topic. However, they by no means represent a totally comprehensive survey of the literature. I was able to download papers off of this site from campus, but I am not sure if this is because CU has a membership, or if they allow anybody to do this.

Google Scholar: like Cite Seer, Google Scholar requires an initial search with keywords and then allows for a more directed search based on bibliography citations and related keywords. The number of ways that Google Scholar lets you search for a second paper, given a first, is less than Cite Seer; However, I have been able to find things on Google Scholar that were not available on Cite Seer. Google Scholar does not generally provide direct download links, instead providing a link to whatever is responsible for distributing the work–if it is available.