I am a graduate student at a US university. One of the papers I need for my research is a Ph.D. thesis, owned by the University of Birmingham, U.K. (but this question is for a more general case). That thesis has never been published and is not available on the web. When searching for that paper on the University of Birmingham library website, they only have the hard copy of that paper in their library. Is there a way that I can obtain that paper?

It is becoming common for authors to upload raw data of their research when publishing their papers. However, it is still a small fraction of papers include the dataset.

Is there a way to search for papers whose data are available in repositories?

My field is computational chemistry, and I hope to find papers which have posted the raw data for the DFT analysis.

For some concrete study, I need to find for some keywords, papers that have just one author. I used PubMed, Scopus and ISI Web of Science, but in any case, I could not find a way to filter bibliographic search results by a specific number of authors, or a number less than some exact number of authors. Anybody knows how to do this with mentioned tools (PubMed, Scopus and ISI Web of Science) or others?

For some concrete study, I need to find for some keywords, papers that have just one author. I used PubMed, Scopus and ISI Web of Science, but in any case, I could not find a way to filter bibliographic search results by a concrete or number of authors, or a number less than some exact number of authors. Anybody knows how to do this with mentioned tools (PubMed, Scopus and ISI Web of Science) or others?

I am currently researching the foundations of graph theory (math). I have noticed two kind of things in introduction books.

  1. There are results seemingly so obvious nobody writes about it.
  2. There are variants of the topic mentioned in almost any book, but covered in detail in none.

At the time of writing this question, the stack exchange community was unable to help me with my observations in my specific case. Since I think very highly of this network, I’m starting to believe that currently there are no suitable books about these topics.

But I feel like there ought to be books about it. The question is, what do I do in this situation? How can I “help” that such a book gets written? The most obvious answer would be “Write the book.”. Although I like the approach, this is not possible. For simplicity’s sake let’s just say I lack the time. So what to do? Like, can I just mail a publisher “Why don’t you already have this kind of book?”, although I don’t know anyone working at any publisher? Do I ask a professor at my university if (s)he would like to write one? Btw I’m a graduate student, but I don’t think it is relevant for the question.

Please note this question is not about how I can research a certain topic. It is really about how books of some topic do not exist. Please assume for answering that they don’t. If you happen to know about books about the exemplary example topic I provided here, please answer in my linked question, not here.

Based on your personal experience, how may someone enter a completely new research area as a 3rd-year Ph.D. candidate? Is it better to start with reading journal papers? Or maybe taking some courses? Or watching YouTube videos? Or what?! I am basically looking for the most efficient/fastest way of doing this!

And if you want to know my story, I am a Ph.D. candidate in structural engineering with a focus on deterministic earthquake modeling, but for some reasons now my advisor wants me to start working on probabilistic modeling of hurricanes and floods using machine learning methods, and I am a little paranoid because I have no idea about any of these! So what are your suggestions?!

Suppose person A has a research project where they need to find a few articles on a particular topic, and write a review of these papers.

Being busy with other coursework, and feeling overwhelmed by the task of searching papers, person A decides to ask person B for help to find a list of articles on the topic. Person B is not a student in the course, but is willing to help person A.

Person A then reads the articles B found and writes their paper on their own.

Has there been plagiarism or other ethical violation committed?

EDIT: An additional concern is whether person A needs to credit person B’s work. The goal of the paper would be to develop understanding of the field that the course is about, not specifically train for literature search. The submission will be graded.